You're welcome ...
Yes now consider WHY these cards are so much cheaper ? Frankly they aren't as good, and there's not much demand for them, as a result cheaper price to try a sell them to the unsuspecting. Also a SINGLE quality HD-6950 that UNLOCKS & OVERCLOCKS to HD-6970 performance levels or beyond can run BF3 @ ULTRA w/ MSAA OFF and get +60 FPS on 1080p ...
CrossFire-X results = http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-11.html
... so if you plan to X-Fire you should be GOLD it's really only MSAA that gives AMD cards the fits, they can run FXAA (Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing), just fine as the GREEN bars show.
SEE LINKS FOR MORE INFO = http://blogs.amd.com/play/2011/10/31/your-personal-mini-guide-for-battlefield-3/ & http://blogs.amd.com/play/category/gaming/games/battlefield-3/
Additional Links w/ more BATTLEFIELD 3 Info :
- Battlefield 3 Crossfire issues? Complete list of known fix's here! 11.11c link inside!
Also Overclocking of a HD-6950 is a great way to get extra performance from the card ... and in fact some people will tell you to forget unlocking the shaders and just OC it ... well, NOT ME. I say DO BOTH ! get yourself a DECENT HD-6950 and DO BOTH IF YOU CAN ... why not get the benifits of unlocking AND overclocking ... and frankley most of the higher quality 6950's that will unlock, will also tend to overclock higher as well, so you really DO get what you pay for in this regard. Those 3 cards I suggested, would be great choices for you, and as the HD-7xxx series rolls out and nVidia reduces it's prices on the GTX-5xx series cards, I'm sure AMD will lower the prices on the 6xxx series cards as well ... maybe wait a bit and see what happens after Christmas or New Years if there are some sales ? And lastly for the small difference in price between a 1GB 6950 and a 2GB 6950, you'd be foolish NOT to be buying the 2GB cards ! Here's another UK site to check some GPU's - http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/gpu-amd/radeon-hd6950-pci-e-(1408-cores)
Originally Posted by Kieran
Thanks for the advice. I was specifically looking at the XFX card due to it's low price allowing me to buy both cards at the same time. As the card has a very small chance of unclocking, would a overclock to the stock 6970 clocks be beneficial?
I hope that would give me the power needed to run battlefield 3 at ultra with settings such as MSAA turned off. I was looking at the 2GB version of this card but there's quite a large price difference and i'm not sure whether the extra vram is needed as i plan on staying at the 1080p resolution.
Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 12/23/11 at 3:02pm