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So im fianlly going to pull the trigger and upgrade my graphics card. Currently im using a 4870 which is still running like a champion but its time for an upgrade....

Im looking at getting a nice crossfire setup..maybe going with dual 6950's? What do you all think? Or should i wait for the 7950's...i mean it looks like i can grab 2 6950's and be set for a long time with them running in a crossfire....but i wanted to get some others opinions out there about it....so...info info info smile.gif
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What games will you be playing and at what resolution? A pair of 6950 2GB cards will tear through any current game at 1080p with quality settings maxed out. Hell, my unlocked 6950's are just enough to max out every game I've tried at 2560x1600 (sometimes with AA turned off). But you'll need to make sure your case has plenty of airflow.

Drivers can be a bit finicky with Crossfire, so if you're not the type who doesn't mind doing a little research/experimentation to get things working properly, waiting for a single 7950 3GB may be a better choice. Lower performance for sure, but easier to maintain and less power consumption.
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What games will you be playing and at what resolution? A pair of 6950 2GB cards will tear through any current game at 1080p with quality settings maxed out. Hell, my unlocked 6950's are just enough to max out every game I've tried at 2560x1600 (sometimes with AA turned off). But you'll need to make sure your case has plenty of airflow.
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well im going to be getting myself a much better monitor soon, actually 2 of them...so im looking to play at 2560x1600. I would love to run everything on high atleast, ultra if possible with good frames. I also want something to last..and considering i have been using this 4870 forever im trying to find something that will last me a good while, atleast 2-3 years. I was leaning more towards the 6950's just because it seems i can do more?
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well im going to be getting myself a much better monitor soon, actually 2 of them...so im looking to play at 2560x1600. I would love to run everything on high atleast, ultra if possible with good frames. I also want something to last..and considering i have been using this 4870 forever im trying to find something that will last me a good while, atleast 2-3 years. I was leaning more towards the 6950's just because it seems i can do more?

Why two screens? You should only play on one or three screens typically. Anyways, two 6950 2gb are very fast but they are better on one big screen. I don't really see any games making those cards look slow only a change of screen real estate. Moving to an eyefinity setup will overly tax the cards, but so long as you're on one big screen they should continue to scream.
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2 6950's will be more powerful than 1 7950 for sure....and the 2g model should work great for your 2560x1600 resolution.
I have 2 6950's xfired and love them...like previous poster said they tear through everything i throw at them ...the rest will be up to your personal preference thumb.gif
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For 2560x1600 or higher you might want to go with the 7950 or 7970 so you have room to add a 2nd one later. My unlocked 6950's handle it just fine right now, but I'm not sure if they'll be enough 2 years down the road.
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For 2560x1600 or higher you might want to go with the 7950 or 7970 so you have room to add a 2nd one later. My unlocked 6950's handle it just fine right now, but I'm not sure if they'll be enough 2 years down the road.

Cards will be over 3 years old by then and that point won't really be a serious issue will it?
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Cards will be over 3 years old by then and that point won't really be a serious issue will it?

I agree. After 3 years, you're pretty much due for a graphics upgrade anyway. But the OP mentioned he wants his cards to last 2-3 years, in which case the 79x0 with 3GB of VRAM should be much better suited.
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2x 6950 2GB will be more powerful than a single 7950 @2560x1600. Another monitor in Extended Desktop desktop will not take the GPU power away. Unless you are going to create SLR from 2x 2560x1600 = 5120x1600, 7950 3GB and crossfire will hold you longer. 

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2x 6950 2GB will be more powerful than a single 7950 @2560x1600. Another monitor in Extended Desktop desktop will not take the GPU power away. Unless you are going to create SLR from 2x 2560x1600 = 5120x1600, 7950 3GB and crossfire will hold you longer. 


No one would do that unless they are a masochist!
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