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I've been searching gpu review and other review sites looking to find the best deal as far as price vs performance, and time and time again, it seems the 6970 comes out on top. Do you think there's a better deal?
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Get a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970.
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I've been searching gpu review and other review sites looking to find the best deal as far as price vs performance, and time and time again, it seems the 6970 comes out on top. Do you think there's a better deal?

which country are you from ? the HD 6970 cards are difficult to find. Whats your budget ?
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Get a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970.
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which country are you from ? the HD 6970 cards are difficult to find. Whats your budget ?

I'm located in canada, and my local store assured me they could get one for me. buget? under 300$ CAN.

How hard is it to unlock a card?
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I'm located in canada, and my local store assured me they could get one for me. buget? under 300$ CAN.
How hard is it to unlock a card?

You need flash the bios, have a read of this:

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/159
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I'm located in canada, and my local store assured me they could get one for me. buget? under 300$ CAN.
How hard is it to unlock a card?


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131472

Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 - $260

This is the fastest factory clocked HD 7850 at 1 Ghz. Comes with a good heatpipe based cooler. this card is around 5 - 10% slower than HD 7870. This card can be easily overclocked to 1150 - 1200 Mhz and give you HD 7870 performance. thumb.gif

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_PCS_Plus/31.html

HD 6970 - 41.3
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 (1 Ghz ) - 45.4
HD 7870 - 49.5
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 (1240) - 50.2
GTX 580 - 51.7

This card get you close to GTX 580 performance when overclocked. In the latest DX 11 games like BF3, Crysis 2, Max Payne 3 this card will easily run faster than HD 6970. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131472
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 - $260
This is the fastest factory clocked HD 7850 at 1 Ghz. Comes with a good heatpipe based cooler. this card is around 5 - 10% slower than HD 7870. This card can be easily overclocked to 1150 - 1200 Mhz and give you HD 7870 performance. thumb.gif
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_PCS_Plus/31.html
HD 6970 - 41.3
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 (1 Ghz ) - 45.4
HD 7870 - 49.5
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 (1240) - 50.2
GTX 580 - 51.7
This card get you close to GTX 580 performance when overclocked. In the latest DX 11 games like BF3, Crysis 2, Max Payne 3 this card will easily run faster than HD 6970. thumb.gif

this^^

6950 are just as good as GTX 560 Ti 2Gb. Good but no more the right choices to buy.
post #8 of 17
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131472
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 - $260
This is the fastest factory clocked HD 7850 at 1 Ghz. Comes with a good heatpipe based cooler. this card is around 5 - 10% slower than HD 7870. This card can be easily overclocked to 1150 - 1200 Mhz and give you HD 7870 performance. thumb.gif
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_PCS_Plus/31.html
HD 6970 - 41.3
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 (1 Ghz ) - 45.4
HD 7870 - 49.5
Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 (1240) - 50.2
GTX 580 - 51.7
This card get you close to GTX 580 performance when overclocked. In the latest DX 11 games like BF3, Crysis 2, Max Payne 3 this card will easily run faster than HD 6970. thumb.gif

According to this the 6970 still slays it performance wise

http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=678&card2=638
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post #9 of 17
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According to this the 6970 still slays it performance wise
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=678&card2=638

You are completely wrong. HD 7850 is a product which utilizes the GCN architecture. HD 6970 uses the older VLIW4 archietcture. GCN has very good compute, tesselation performance. HD 7850 cards also have much more overclocking headroom. Stock speeds are 860 Mhz. HD 7850 will hit 1050 Mhz at stock volts. With sapphire trixx and voltage overclocking you can get to 1150 -1200 Mhz speeds. Thats more than 300 Mhz OC headroom. At those speeds HD 7850 will get you close to GTX 580 performance.
HD 6970 cards will struggle to hit 1 Ghz. They are manufactured on TSMC 40nm process. they will run very hot and draw a lot of power. HD 7850 cards meanwhile will draw much less power because they are manufactured on the much more advanced TSMC 28nm high k process. The Powercolor PCS+ HD 7850 card I mentioned was a factory overclocked card at 1 Ghz. It will easily beat HD 6970 at stock speeds. In the latest DX11 games like BF3, Crysis 2, Max Payne 3 the HD 7850 will be a much better performing and cooler,quieter card. just go for the HD 7850. thumb.gif

here is another review of HIS IceqX HD 7850 TurboX (1 Ghz)

http://www.guru3d.com/article/his-radeon-hd-7850-iceqx-turbox-review/19

BF3 1920 X 1200 Ultra 4XAA

HD 6970 - 33
HIS HD 7850 - 36
GTX 570 - 37
HD 7870 - 39
GTX 580 - 43

http://www.guru3d.com/article/his-radeon-hd-7850-iceqx-turbox-review/17

BF3 1920 X 1200 Ultra 4XAA (high res textures)

HD 6970 - 36
GTX 570 - 43
HIS HD 7850 - 45
HD 7870 - 47
GTX 580 - 49

This card can be overclocked to 1150 -1200 Mhz to give you close to GTX 580 performance.
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Wow thanks,

I guess I shouldn't be using gpu review then..
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