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I'm building a new PC
If you could afford either the 6950 or the 6970 which one would you pick?
Also would you buy 6950 x2 or one 6970?

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post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by zewi View Post
I'm building a new PC
If you could afford either the 6950 or the 6970 which one would you pick?
Also would you buy 6950 x2 or one 6970?

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128gb SSD
Yes, that's exactly what I'd do
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post #3 of 14
I used to have intel build..with a 6950 2GB reference card. If you really wanna go to the 6970 you can, but I unlocked my 6950 and it was pretty negligible performance difference while gaming. I'd save and go 6950 CF or get one and wait for 7k series..
    
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6950 and try to unlock,go with the sapphire toxic,msi or dirt3 edition they have higher chances to unlock IMO, and save bucks to CF cause 2x6950 are much better than just one 6970,if you unlock them you double the power of a single 6970.
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f you CF 6950 and if you are lucky to unlock both of them you will have a great system,2x6950(not unlocked) are almost there with a 6990 and if unlocked probably even better.
 
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post #5 of 14
If you can afford it, get a 6970. When the new cards drop, people will start ditching their old 6970's for the newest and greatest. Then, pickup another 6970 for crossfire.

It's also reasonable to get a 6950 and hope it unlocks, then buy another 6950 when the prices come down as well. Sapphire Toxic 6950's probably have the best chance to unlock.
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post #6 of 14
I'm using one XFX 6950, the older reference dual bios switch card. It's unlocked with Shaders/Pixel Fill Rate/Etc. and it has the 70 flashed bios for 6970 clock speeds and then overclocked. I run BF3 at max settings with msaa 4x at 1920X1080 at about 40-50 frames consistently. Never do I drop to anything below 30 and if I were too I'm definitely not noticing, also it seems to hover around 50-70 when not in a firefight. I would grab the 6950 unlock it and if you want more from your system Xfire it. You'll be saving money in the long run for cards, and a single card can be unlocked to ~90% of the performance as the card priced $100 higher, but in the end it's up to you!

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post #7 of 14
I love my 6950s crossfired. I went with these two as opposed to 6970 . More potential I think .

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post #8 of 14
$100 difference for a 10% performance increase?..i'd go 6950..definitely... then OVERCLOCK ::
 
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post #9 of 14
I got a 6950 and unlocked 6970 shaders, I'd get 2 x 6950
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the extra price of 6970 is more than the added performance
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