Originally Posted by Liranan
If you guys don't mind I'm not going to read 100 or more pages and will just ask a few questions.
- These cards are more limited by memory speeds than core?
- Is it worth returning a 6870 (if at all possible) and getting a 6950 for gaming at 1680x1050?
I doubt I'm going to be able to return this card, so it's a hypothetical question. From the benchmarks I've seen not even the 6970 is really worth it at 1680x1050 but due to the possible modding of the 6950 I was just wondering.
Strangely enough since reverting back to stock and overclocking at stock voltage I've been able to hit 1010/1150. I will see how far I can go before the GPU needs more power but I'm impressed, maybe it needed to a good burn in.
Benches are unreal. Will not materialise into good FPSes w/ games at extreme settings anytime soon. Cut back on quallity somewhere and use optimisations and ur 6870 will perform quite well..
A 6950 IMO is worth it--- all the more if you can unlock it.
Anyway its > 5870 so and the 6870 <5870 .. So .. DO IT
And if nothing, dont get rid of your current card- I wish , just wish I had bought the 6870 over the 6850
1. more SPs
2. better mem controller ? unconfirmed
3. Better coolers.. OCing a 6850 to 6870 is possible, but more heat.. inhibits the headroom really.
4. Better card overall??
5. VALUE option vs a 5850 ~ 70 ??
1. Single powa conn FTW !!
2. Milk spilled.
Be happy w/ your purchase. Ur gaming at 1050p. This card is PLENTY .. go for ingame performance, not synthetics..
Synthetics are guiding and benching factors only to be used as a yard-stick. Letting them f* w/ ur mood ( they did mine) is making no headway. OC, and you'll see your card bear a 470 in everything
Hitting 1GHz on the core is good. Go for more !! I'm stuck at 940 -- sad cooling.
Up the volts. BURN in on a GPU
??? Think that translates to something like a BURNT GPU in reality
Your mem clock should hit 1200 ?? Mine's at 1185 . But I can't guarantee anything - your mileage may vary! Also -- Bench incremental mem clocks. At some point the ECC on the ram will slow things down before it goes out of hand and you see artifacts-- A good fallback of around 20 MHz will let your card breathe.
Using OCCT for quick 2-3 minute loops while monitoring temps?? This will truly load your card and give you a GOOD idea of stability.