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post #11 of 17
Man, $229 is kind of steep for a lesser performing card. I wouldn't spend on old tech...Better sell your current card and upgrade wink.gif
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Originally Posted by MAKATTACK View Post

Thinking about going back to the 6950 2gb. I just found a Sapphire original model 6950 2GB for $229 brand new. I have heard mixed reviews....some saying it can be unlocked, some saying it can't. I think I may just pull the trigger on this...it is a pretty good deal...and shipping is free!

If it is the Toxic model then yes it can be unlocked and when it comes to reference models there is a chance, but no guarantee. thumb.gif
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post #13 of 17
Stock HD 7850 is faster. If HD 6950 can Unlock and be had for less its a better buy. Now sure if HD 7850 overclocks good but if it does pass 1Ghz then it will be faster then even HD 6970.
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post #14 of 17
i have a gigabyte oc 975mhz 7850. It performs well, doesn't overclock tho. Get a asus 7850 and oc it, and you won't be disappointed.

edit: 975mhz factory oc.
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i have a gigabyte oc 975mhz 7850. It performs well, doesn't overclock tho. Get a asus 7850 and oc it, and you won't be disappointed.
edit: 975mhz factory oc.

What do you mean it does not overclock? You cant overclock or the card is limited?
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post #16 of 17
You most certainly want the HD7850! I am going to get one myself soon! thumb.gif
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post #17 of 17
You can't go wrong with either, and an unlocked 6950 is overrated. The step between the 6970 and 6950 is only about 8%. The 6950's overclock amazingly well...take for instance, my XFX 6950 2GB. My 6950 will overclock to 6970 specs (900mhz core), it is said that the extra unlocked shaders the 6970 posses makes it only about 3% faster than an 6950 OC'd to 900mhz core and 1325mhz RAM (and you can OC higher on the ram)...but one thing to take into consideration, and to save on power supply worries/ expense, I'd go with the 7xxxx series. They use less power. The 6950 is a power-hungry machine, taking two additional PCIE power rails and therefore, expends a decent amount of heat as well. I'd rather run two 7850's or even one (ideally, 2) than one 6950.
Edited by bernardblack - 8/27/12 at 5:57am
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