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Well my entire day just went down the ****ter, I could either buy an asus sabertooth and spend $200 or settle for a meager crossfire that won't make my system as beast as I wanted it...great
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post #22 of 35
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And I'm guessing the 6950 uses a dual slot?
Most new cards do. You can buy some 460's that are single slot I believe, but they cost extra

Honestly man, with the new drivers coming out (11.2 atm), the 2GB of VRam per card, and the increased scaling in Crossfire, just snag the two 6950's. With the ability to unlock them, and then overclock, you will be setup for quite some time.

The poster above who mentioned the 6970 is a 480 is wrong. The 480 has raw horsepower, but chokes at higher setting without ram. These cards really start to shine in Eyefinity at higher resolutions.


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Well my entire day just went down the ****ter, I could either buy an asus sabertooth and spend $200 or settle for a meager crossfire that won't make my system as beast as I wanted it...great
Why? I've got a R3E for a mobo, and I only have the two if these in Crossfire. More than enough for now man. Since sticking these in Trifire is overkill anyways atm, by the time you'll want to upgrade, new gen cards will be out and you can SLI or Crossfire those. Not a big loss.
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post #23 of 35
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Why? I've got a R3E for a mobo, and I only have the two if these in Crossfire. More than enough for now man. Since sticking these in Trifire is overkill anyways atm, by the time you'll want to upgrade, new gen cards will be out and you can SLI or Crossfire those. Not a big loss.
Maybe your right, I just wanted a system that could max every game I throw at it. Maybe I'll just wait for the rumored 7xxx series to come out, I'm not upgrading till the summer anyway..
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post #24 of 35
Why not just get 2 real 6970's instead of unlocking 3 6950's. At the resolution you play at I would take xfire 6970's over 580 sli for the scaling and extra vram.
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Why not just get 2 real 6970's instead of unlocking 3 6950's. At the resolution you play at I would take xfire 6970's over 580 sli for the scaling and extra vram.
Maybe because it's an extra $200 you can save and still get the same performance?
    
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Maybe because it's an extra $200 you can save and still get the same performance?
Not guaranteed. Since you are unlocking/overclocking the 6950 you can overclock the 6970's and put it further ahead. Not the same performance. But hey thats just what I would do. I don't like bang for buck. I would rather have the better card considering I can make more money but ill be stuck with my card for a while and I don't want regret.
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Hey senator, what is ur average fps with ur setup on unigine heaven maxed assuming you've tested it? If not what about
Metro?
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Hey senator, what is ur average fps with ur setup on unigine heaven maxed assuming you've tested it? If not what about
Metro?


There's Unigine. I think I maxed everything.
    
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If you have the money, go 580 SLI. I realize the 5000 didnt scale that good, but I love just ONE 580 over three 5870's. I am verysurprised at the temps in a 580. They are running cooler than my TRI 5870's. The smooooothnesss of the 580 is very good.
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3 6950s > 2 580s by a long way.
    
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