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Well I have been Nvidia user for year's, until the 470/480 came out. I bought an HIS 5870, and haven't an any issues with it.

Now with new card's out, I can't decide which I want. 6970 or 570/580.

Just curious what made you guy's decide to go with your 6950/6970's



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In my opinion, 580 is not worth the additional 150 or bucks for the performance it offers. It consumes more power, but has way superior tessellation performance, but who cares about tessellation when games that utilize it, do not use a lot of it.

Second of all, im most certain with further driver releases the 6970 will reach the level where it will breathe down 580s neck, it wont surpass it, but will catch up, only problem is that the drivers are designed for the old architecture that AMD used in 5xxx, 4xxx ect. I'm surprised that the current drivers, designed for a different architecture, gave any decent performance on the 6970 or 50 at all.

Plus, i got the 6970 because many games i play have modded high resolution textures, and i need all the VRAM i can get.
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post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by _Killswitch_ View Post
Well I have been Nvidia user for year's, until the 470/480 came out. I bought an HIS 5870, and haven't an any issues with it.

Now with new card's out, I can't decide which I want. 6970 or 570/580.

Just curious what made you guy's decide to go with your 6950/6970's



Thanks,
Kill
I don't have the card at the moment but I am planning to get one of them.
The reason to choose Radeon over GeForce :

1. Lower Power Consumption.

2. Support Multi Monitor (Eyefinity) with only one card (GeForce must be in SLI to enable use 3 monitors Surround).

3. 2GB Framebuffer will be useful once you go with Eyefinity compared to 1.5GB & 1.25GB framebuffer in GeForce GTX 580 & 570.

I am quite sure that future driver will allow the card to perform slightly better than current driver.
    
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post #4 of 23
Lower power usage and having great luck with the radeon cards in the past, never had a single driver issue and have had no hardware issues with cards ever.

Also the other big bonus of the 2gig of Vram and eyefinity with one card made my decision really easy because I take full advantage of that when I'm home.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of the highend cards out but I personally found the price to performance ratio of the 6950 unbeatable before the unlocking craze hit, and now with that being out there its an even better deal.
post #5 of 23
570 - $349 + ship
6950 - $279.99 free ship

Also 75% of the nVidia cards I have owned in the past have died, whereas none of the ATi ones have

Not even going to consider a 580 when based on the techpowerup review overall at 1920x1200 there's only a 13% lead over the 6970. Certainly not enough performance to justify nearly $240 in cost over an unlockable 6950. You could almost crossfire for that amount..
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For me it comes down to Eyefinity, it is something else to play with multiple monitors without having to get additional addons if you where to go the Nvidia way

I was a life long Nvidia user who recently made the switch and could not be happier I have some videos of my setup on my sig if you want to check them out
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570 ALL the way. This coming from a former 6870 X fire owner
    
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6950, then unlock to give it 6970 performance..win win!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jean-Luc View Post
They may unlock but you can't get around Amd's horrible drivers
Never had a problem with them.
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Originally Posted by Jean-Luc View Post
They may unlock but you can't get around Amd's horrible drivers
Only problem i've had with them is trouble getting them installed after getting my two 6950s. Other than that they've worked perfectly well for me for about a year with 5870s in x-fire.
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