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I just recently upgraded to 3 monitors and I must say it really gives a much improved gaming experience, but my 6950 isn't up to the job, I have to cut way down on details etc to get playable FPS. So it's time for an upgrade and since Nvidia performance isn't so great on multiple monitors and the AMDs are very affordable, I believe my best choice is a 7970.

The Sapphire looks good on price, performance and overclockability, so I just wondered if anyone feels this would be a bad move and got some better suggestions.

Any inputs appreciated.

Thanks
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Yep, absolutely recommend! (I have one of those). Great performance for the price, you'll be able to get nearly full settings with three monitors with it!
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Yep, absolutely recommend! (I have one of those). Great performance for the price, you'll be able to get nearly full settings with three monitors with it!

Thanks, good to hear from an owner of this card smile.gif
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verify with frogger or other owners how they got theirs hooked up. might be different from your 6950.
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verify with frogger or other owners how they got theirs hooked up. might be different from your 6950.

You mean PCIe power requirements? The 6950 has a 2-6pins, while the 7970 you are talking about has 2-8pins. But, it works perfectly with only 8pin + 6pin.
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You mean PCIe power requirements? The 6950 has a 2-6pins, while the 7970 you are talking about has 2-8pins. But, it works perfectly with only 8pin + 6pin.

sorry, i meant the 7970 to the monitors.
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sorry, i meant the 7970 to the monitors.

Ah right, mine (the Dual X model) has the two DVI's, HDMI, and DP. Any assortment of them seems to work fine. Might need different cables coming from the 6950 then, but I'm not sure.
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verify with frogger or other owners how they got theirs hooked up. might be different from your 6950.

Good point. thumb.gif
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Ah right, mine (the Dual X model) has the two DVI's, HDMI, and DP. Any assortment of them seems to work fine. Might need different cables coming from the 6950 then, but I'm not sure.

Thanks, yeah, it's the Dual X I've been looking at. I think I'll be fine on connections, my monitors (just 1080p) are flexible and support DP, HDMI, DVI and even VGA, not that I would want to use VGA smile.gif
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Ah right, mine (the Dual X model) has the two DVI's, HDMI, and DP. Any assortment of them seems to work fine. Might need different cables coming from the 6950 then, but I'm not sure.

+rep.
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Good point. thumb.gif
Thanks, yeah, it's the Dual X I've been looking at. I think I'll be fine on connections, my monitors (just 1080p) are flexible and support DP, HDMI, DVI and even VGA, not that I would want to use VGA smile.gif

there is a cheaper option and see if frogger and others agree. this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202007

if ever you have to buy adapter(s), which are very costly, you use the savings. this card is almost as powerful as the 7970. just another option.
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True that is a good option as well smile.gif Adding in a second 6950 would also be a good and inexpensive option, but I don't think that's the point.
On that particular 7950, it does not have unlocked voltage (if I remember right, there was a long thread about that somewhere), but I know the Dual-X 7970 does have unlocked voltage, making it very nice for overclocking thumb.gif
Mine gets just over 1200MHz at 1.3V, and 1750MHz memory at 1.55 memory voltage. You can take the memory up to 1.65 and get around 1900MHz if you want. So, it is very capable in that aspect (second only to the MSI lightening in my opinion).
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