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So, we all know the 6950's can be unlocked to 6970's with relative ease.

I can't seem to decide if I want to fork out for Crossfire 6950's before AMD will most likely do what Nvidia did and recall them and hardware lock them but that's besides the point

Anywho, I currently have a 5870 -- Should I fork out the money for 2, 6950's and unlock to 6970's? But I would risk not being able to unlock them. I would also sell my 5870 to negate the price

Buy another 5870 (I want a reference design though) for Xfire

Sell the 5870 and grab a GTX 580 and risk nothing....

Help me decide please.
     
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6950 best bang for the buck right now.
I think it's worth the risk.
AMD will eventually make a new PCB and laser cut those extra shaders.
    
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I could buy a mint condition 5870 on Ebay for around $200 ish and have 5970+ performance for not much more.

Rather then dropping about $400 (if I sold my 5870)

I just don't know if I want to drop over $600 with some risks to not have what I want. I might pick up a 6970 now, and another down the road, not sure.
     
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I could buy a mint condition 5870 on Ebay for around $200 ish and have 5970+ performance for not much more.

Rather then dropping about $400 (if I sold my 5870)

I just don't know if I want to drop over $600 with some risks to not have what I want. I might pick up a 6970 now, and another down the road, not sure.
You could sell your 5870 for 200 dollars and buy one 6950.
Later on you could buy a 6970.
    
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I would get the 6950 unless you don't want to unclock it. Lots of people are having trouble lately. You could save a little more and get the 6970 if you don't want to go through the trouble.
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I really don't like to mix and match. I would just buy a non reference 5870 if I wasn't picky.

But I'm sorta big on aesthetics and same/name stuff. It's a hobby...... lol
     
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I really don't like to mix and match. I would just buy a non reference 5870 if I wasn't picky.

But I'm sorta big on aesthetics and same/name stuff. It's a hobby...... lol
In that case I would go to my local Fry's or BestBuy and buy two 6950's.
If one doesn't unlock successfully then just return it for another.
Sounds evil, but it works.
    
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