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Hi all,

I'm thinking of picking up a 6970*, upgrading from a 512MB 4870. It was either that or a GTX 570, but the performance seems comparable or slightly better, and I've been happy with my last few cards, which have all been ATI.

My goals here are:

1) Noticeably improved performance in Mass Effect 2, Civ 5, and the new Hot Pursuit. I feel like the card dies when AA is turned on beyond 2x.

2) A card that will hopefully last another 2 years satisfactorily (the 4870 has done so admirably). This will be going into whatever system I build towards the tail end of 2011.

3) Will perform admirably at 1920 x 1080. Right now I'm at 1680 x 1050, but might pick up a new monitor later.

4) Is not a dual card solution.

Is this a worthwhile investment? I'm not balking at the $369 price tag, but I'm still sensitive to price/value considerations.

*I've read the 6950 to 6970 threads, but I don't mind shelling out the money to save myself the trouble (albeit small) and possible headache down the road.

Thanks in advance.

- Andrew
Edited by mst3k - 1/12/11 at 8:29am
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yes i think its a good upgrade and you will be very pleased
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I am sure you will be very pleased with that upgrade.
    
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You might even consider a $300 HD5870; their performance is on par/better than a 4870X2, which (suprise suprise) is a lot more powerful than a single 4870 (especially the 512 version)

But if I had the extra $75, I'd definitely go with the 6970.
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Very cool, thanks guys. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy, or that there wasn't something else on the horizon or something I'd managed to miss in researching it.
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I was faced with a similar decision. I decided to just spend $75 on another 4870. There are only one or two games that I see any slowdowns at all in (discounting Crysis) and I think those are CPU bottlenecks; once I get a better cooler and up to 3.8-4.0 that'll probably go away.
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Very cool, thanks guys. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy, or that there wasn't something else on the horizon or something I'd managed to miss in researching it.
You could also just get a 6950, at 300 bucks you get 90% of the performance of a 6970. If you act fast you could get an unlockable card too.
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I would wait for 560 if i were in the same situation.
Then depending on its price and performance i would proceed on deciding what to do. I read on OCN earlier that its coming 25th January. Can someone confirm this?
    
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I would wait for 560 if i were in the same situation.
Would that fill a space below the 570? I'm skeptical of moving in the opposite direction to save money, even if it's more of a value.
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I would wait for 560 if i were in the same situation.
Then depending on its price and performance i would proceed on deciding what to do. I read on OCN earlier that its coming 25th January. Can someone confirm this?
i dont think the 560 will make much of an impact,the 560 wont compete with the 6950 or 6970 its more aimed toward the 6870 area
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