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So with all this talk about unlocking a 6950 to a 6970 I am tempted to buy one for $305 on Newegg. For this I would have to sell my 5870. OR, since 5870s are getting really cheap now because they are last gen, I could get one of those for ~$150 around Feb. This would remove all future Xfire support as tri-fire scaling isn't something I want to think about. So I could either buy a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970, or I could get dual 5870s. Which would be better?
    
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Buy another 5870.

I think it will be faster.
    
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Well 2x5870 would obviously be *better*, but a single card solution is always nice to have over multiple cards.
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If you are willing to put up with microshuttering with multiple cards, go for the 2nd 5870. I would recommend a 6950 and flashing it.
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Hmm...

I might get around $150 for my birthday in Feb., and I can only work during the summer so I would be able to upgrade to dual 6970s towards the end of '11.
    
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6950's proportionality scale better then 6970's

so 6950 CFX imo.
    
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post #7 of 15
heh by then you'll be wondering if you should buy a second 6970 or buy a new 7970. Used 5870's shouldn't be too expensive atm.
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Normally I'd say go for the single GPU, but a single HD 6970 is about as fast as a GTX 480 maybe 5% faster. I don't think it's worth the upgrade over an HD 5870 considering you'll loose money.
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Normally I'd say go for the single GPU, but a single HD 6970 is about as fast as a GTX 480 maybe 5% faster. I don't think it's worth the upgrade over an HD 5870 considering you'll loose money.
Oh right, I forgot about the bench line:

HD 6970=GTX 570=GTX 480

Hmm, so it would be better to go 5870 and maybe upgrade sometime in like '12?
    
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Oh right, I forgot about the bench line:

HD 6970=GTX 570=GTX 480

Hmm, so it would be better to go 5870 and maybe upgrade sometime in like '12?
I'd just stick with a single 5870 and save some money for Bulldozer or Sandy Bridge. That's what I'm going to do anyways.

But if you want to try something new (we're all addicted to HW here ) I'd get dual 5870s.
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