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[Issue solved] 6950 or 6970?

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Hey guys!

After thought and input from the thread I posted over general GPUs (570 or 69X0) I have decided I am going to stick with AMD for this round again.

However I am not sure which would be better to purchase? I game on a 22" monitor (1920x1080) so from my understanding both cards will be able to max out at that res with AA on and everything.

So my question is, should i go for a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970? Do newer 2GB models come with cut cores or am i safe unlocking them?

Or should i stick with a stock 6970 not worrying if my card batch can unlock or not?

In any regards which brand is better to get? XFX, MSI, Asus or Sapphire?
http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-Hardware/All/GPU-ATI/ATI-Radeon-HD6950-PCI-E-(1408-Cores)
and
http://www.overclock.co.uk/dept/ATI-HD-6970-/-6950_1199.html
is primarily my shopping mall (the latter has the sapphires and asus cheaper)
Edited by Firann - 1/29/11 at 7:04am
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post #2 of 8
You do know you can unclock a 6950 but it doesn't become a true 6970. The 6970 has some small differences like in the RAM so the 6970 will overclock better.
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Yeah i do know that but is the difference in price worth it? Thats my question smile.gif
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If you want to take the risk (like I did, and it turned out fantastic) its not worth the money at all.
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HD 6950 should still unlock so get that. Both cards need better cooling to get high overclocks.
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post #6 of 8
Some like to take a risk and some don’t. If you hesitate to do this at the first place, probably just get the 6970. Performance wide, no different among those manufactures but as far as quality, service and warranty goes, I would go for XFX or Sapphire and then the rest unless a great deal there.
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Well turns out I am going for the GTX580... Girlfriend decided that paying the difference I was willing to pay will be enough for me to stop moping around ;P

Thanks all for your feedback in regards to these two though!

Off to the NV section to decide what brand now wink.gif
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HD6950!

or a GTX560. wink.gif
    
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