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http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6950/

Those benches make it seem so, any reason why? Not like I need to upgrade my gpu anytime soon.
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meh, 5870 kinda performed as well as this 6970 does, not sure if its just the games i play, but i dont see a noticeable difference.
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All ATi/AMD cards since 2XXX have been refreshes

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All ATi/AMD cards since 2XXX have been refreshes

Way to troll.

The 6 series doesn't seem to add much. My 5870 plays everything as high asI need /want
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I got a ATI 5850 overclocked to 950/1175 same performance now of a 5870. If you check the specs on the 6000 vs the 5000 cards. In my opinion the 5000 series cards are way better.
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Way to troll.

The 6 series doesn't seem to add much. My 5870 plays everything as high asI need /want
What ?

How am I a troll?

ATI/AMD has not created a new architecture since 2XXX. They have HEAVILY refined said architecture, but they have not created anything new.

way to troll bud
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I really hate how ATi's drivers are inferior to Nvidia's, and how they lack all the features the Nvidia control panel have.

I'm afraid to update drivers because of fps decreases from new drivers and now it looks like their hardware is also getting worse.

I've seriously been considering going to the Green side despite my boycott of them for using cheap tactics like PhysX and locking out AA from Batman.
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post #8 of 23
Yes and no. The mid/bottom part of the series is essentially a refresh.

The 6950 and 6970 actually use a new architecture, they changed the makeup of their shader groups. Anand covers it pretty well in his 6950/6970 review.
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I really hate how ATi's drivers are inferior to Nvidia's, and how they lack all the features the Nvidia control panel have.

I'm afraid to update drivers because of fps decreases from new drivers and now it looks like their hardware is also getting worse.

I've seriously been considering going to the Green side despite my boycott of them for using cheap tactics like PhysX and locking out AA from Batman.
I used Nvidia cards for YEARS before going ATI with the 4890 and honestly aside from the odd option like 3d, which AMD has (although its harder to actually get running) and ambient occlusion, they focus on the things that are really important.

They also have done some really cool things, Eyefinity is awesome and Nvidia still does not have a single card solution to it, as well as the new morphological AA.

Overall I don't miss Nvidia one bit. They used to charge outrageous prices for their cards, they did some shady renaming especially with the 8800GS/9600GSO/other9600GSO. They definitely make some great cards but I have been really happy with my AMD cards so far.
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I suppose you're right, but the whole "BSoD new drivers aaah!!" and the "this going to be amazing!" and it's not gets me mad.

Oh and various people with various single card solutions detect lower fps in newer drivers over older ones.
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