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I just bought the Dirt 3 edition and played BF3 for the first time yesterday. I flipped the switch and it unlocked the card to 1536! I didn't even have to do anything LOL, how awesome. Got back on BF3 for a minute and constant 59-60fps on ultra (no MSAA). This card is freaking awesome! Super quiet as well, which was a main concern for me. I didn't want to spend this much on a GPU, and the other you mentioned were even more, so I made the decision to get the Sapphire. So far I'm not disappointed at all. I got it from Newegg for $245.
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I own the Sapphire dirt 3 edition 6950 2gb and it is my 2nd one. This card is outstanding in every aspect. I have it unlocked with the flip of a switch and OC'd to stable 6970 clock speeds. It is only around 250 after rebate, and it has two nice sized fans so it is always cold. HIGHLY recommend.
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post #23 of 38
i put my thumbs up for tfiii since i currently have one and oc'd it to 980/1525 at 1.28v and unlocked. and the card does excellent if i have it idle over night it goes down to 31-32 and at load it hits 69/70 depending on the game
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post #24 of 38
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i put my thumbs up for tfiii since i currently have one and oc'd it to 980/1525 at 1.28v and unlocked. and the card does excellent if i have it idle over night it goes down to 31-32 and at load it hits 69/70 depending on the game

my dirt 3 card is the same temps, but damn you push those clock speeds far. How are the differences between 6970 speeds and where you're at in terms of performance?
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post #25 of 38
to be honest idk how they compare to 6970's but i would say made about even or 5% more performance with a mild to a average overclock. if you want i can do a benchmark of far cry to or stalker call of pripyat and let you know what it does but with heaven's latest benchmark i got an average of 26.1 at 1920x1080 on all settings on max. but clock for clock there should be no difference if there was a 6970 clocked at the same speeds as mine only difference is a bit better temps and lower voltage to about 1.35v if it was on a 6970
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post #26 of 38
to polizi was your card overclocked or stock when you ran bf3.
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post #27 of 38
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to be honest idk how they compare to 6970's but i would say made about even or 5% more performance with a mild to a average overclock. if you want i can do a benchmark of far cry to or stalker call of pripyat and let you know what it does but with heaven's latest benchmark i got an average of 26.1 at 1920x1080 on all settings on max. but clock for clock there should be no difference if there was a 6970 clocked at the same speeds as mine only difference is a bit better temps and lower voltage to about 1.35v if it was on a 6970

Well I was kind of referring to the 6950 unlocked and clocked at 6970 stock speeds. I wondered how that would compare to where you are clocked. I don't need you to go out of your way to compare anything, just being curious.
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post #28 of 38
look for 3dmark11 stock 6970's and then click on the link in my signature and then you can compare the difference in speed. i can push it to 1ghz core and have the memory 1545 but for me i like the clock where i m at plus i found out it's a sweet spot since before i had my clock at 980/1475 and it was unstable then i up'd the memory clock to 1500 and saw it was little more stable then i set it to 1525 and it was completely 3dmark11 stable and game stable. the game tested was 3 loops of far cry 2 and medal of honor 2010 and hard reset and stalker. but i would say hard to say what the performance increase would be since i do not have a 6970 lieing around. so i would say find a review with a stock 6970 in 3dmark11 and then compare mine with theirs and should show you have much of a difference would be.

EDIT
but the information that is in that link is when i had my cpu at 19x200 right now it's at 3.997 19.5x205
Edited by Grumby21 - 11/11/11 at 1:09pm
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post #29 of 38
I know you said you didn't want to get a 7000 series card because they'll be too expensive, but you'll most probably find that for the same price as a 6950 now you could get an equally performing card (maybe even better) 7xxx and it will definitely be more efficient in terms of power consumption and cooling. I'd say wait for the next generation. I wouldn't be surprised if the 7950 will be the same price as the 6950 (if they keep the same naming scheme) when it launches.
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@MIKE but yet how will you know if the 7k series gpu's will not do as well like buldozer to thuban cpu's event he 8 cores do not score as high as thuban
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