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Poll Results: 2nd 6870 or Unlock 6950?

 
  • 66% (4)
    Get a 2nd 6870
  • 33% (2)
    Get a 6950 and unlock it to 6970
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post #1 of 4
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So here's the deal: I'm currently running a single 6870 that's not a very good clocker. It needs 1.274v to hit 980/1175. 1175 seems to be the max for the mem clock without volt modding, which is fast enough, but the core clock isn't great for the voltage.

I'm currently considering 2 paths:

1) Grab another 6870 for Crossfire and just run them at 980/1175 with 1.274v. Besides the clock limitation, I'm a bit wary of this option because of Crossfire driver issues and the limitation of 1GB of VRAM for a possible Eyefinity setup in the future. Will dual 1GB 6870's handle triple 1080p fine for most games?

2) Sell the 6870 for maybe $200 and grab a reference 6950 for $280-$295. Then unlock it to a 6970. Issue with this option is that I don't think my PSU, awesome as it is, will be able to cope with TWO 6970's if I ever decide to go Crossfire down the road. I'm not 100% sure the X650 can't do it, so I'm open to suggestions here as well.

Keep in mind that VALUE is a big factor here. I'm a college student with a part-time job, so cash doesn't come easy. I just figured I would treat myself to a late Christmas present or something.
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post #2 of 4
Tough spot

either option will reap benfits obviously

another 6870 would require 539 watts to operate CF safley IMO

It would require 611 watts to operate 2x 6950 in CF

so either way you have enough in the kitty to go either way.

That being siad a 6950 is the way to go

You could also look at some nV solutions as well befiore making a decsion

All wattages are totals are system under full load with a 30% buffer

Good luck
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Witchdoctor View Post
Tough spot

either option will reap benfits obviously

another 6870 would require 539 watts to operate CF safley IMO

It would require 611 watts to operate 2x 6950 in CF

so either way you have enough in the kitty to go either way.

That being siad a 6950 is the way to go

You could also look at some nV solutions as well befiore making a decsion

All wattages are totals are system under full load with a 30% buffer

Good luck
Did you get those power consumption numbers from the online PSU calculator? I'm not sure if that's really that accurate. Even then, wouldn't dual 6970's strain my PSU over time?

Also, it doesn't seem like there are any Nvidia solutions at the moment that can compete with an unlocked 6950 price-wise. The GTX570 is $50-$70 more.
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Intel 520 Series Cherryville 180GB 2 x WD6400AAKS in RAID 0 WD300GLSA16100 short-stroked to 48.8GB Prolimatech Megahalems 
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Samson SR850 VSonic GR07 MDPC-X sleeving 
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Core i5 2550K @ 4.2GHz w/ 1.256v Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Visiontek Radeon HD4870 512MB 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD5000BEKT Lite-On DC-8A4SH Slot-loading DVD Burner Corsair H60 
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Core i3 530 @ 3.813GHz w/ 1.176v Asus P7H55D-M EVO Sapphire HD 5670 512MB @ 815/1025 2 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 1600 9-9-9-24 
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Any more thoughts/suggestions?
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Core i7 970 @ 4.225GHz w/ 1.344v, HT On Gigabyte X58A-OC 2 x HD 6950 2GB CrossfireX (Unlocked Shaders) 3 x 4GB Samsung MV-3V4G3/US @ 2028 9-10-10-25 1.6v 
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Intel 520 Series Cherryville 180GB 2 x WD6400AAKS in RAID 0 WD300GLSA16100 short-stroked to 48.8GB Prolimatech Megahalems 
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Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 HP ZR30w ABS M1 Seasonic X-650 
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Core i5 2550K @ 4.2GHz w/ 1.256v Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Visiontek Radeon HD4870 512MB 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD5000BEKT Lite-On DC-8A4SH Slot-loading DVD Burner Corsair H60 
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Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 OEM HP keyboard Seasonic X-750 Silverstone TJ08-E 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech LX3 Ratpadz GS Audioengine 5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i3 530 @ 3.813GHz w/ 1.176v Asus P7H55D-M EVO Sapphire HD 5670 512MB @ 815/1025 2 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner Cooler Master GeminII S Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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LianLith
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Core i7 970 @ 4.225GHz w/ 1.344v, HT On Gigabyte X58A-OC 2 x HD 6950 2GB CrossfireX (Unlocked Shaders) 3 x 4GB Samsung MV-3V4G3/US @ 2028 9-10-10-25 1.6v 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Intel 520 Series Cherryville 180GB 2 x WD6400AAKS in RAID 0 WD300GLSA16100 short-stroked to 48.8GB Prolimatech Megahalems 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 HP ZR30w ABS M1 Seasonic X-650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li V2120X Razer Diamondback 3G Steelseries 4D M-Audio BX5a Deluxe 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Samson SR850 VSonic GR07 MDPC-X sleeving 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2550K @ 4.2GHz w/ 1.256v Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Visiontek Radeon HD4870 512MB 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD5000BEKT Lite-On DC-8A4SH Slot-loading DVD Burner Corsair H60 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 OEM HP keyboard Seasonic X-750 Silverstone TJ08-E 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech LX3 Ratpadz GS Audioengine 5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i3 530 @ 3.813GHz w/ 1.176v Asus P7H55D-M EVO Sapphire HD 5670 512MB @ 815/1025 2 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner Cooler Master GeminII S Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Dell S2009W Saitek Eclipse OCZ ModXStream 500W Lian Li V351R 
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