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I sent back my 6850 today and I may upgrade to something better or on-par with it. Anything from the GTX460,470's to 6950's. How much of an improvement would the 470 be over my 6850? and the 6950?

I'll be overclocking my 555 quad as soon as I get the VGA/PSU back in, I shouldn't encounter too much of a bottleneck with a bigger card.
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6950- flash it to a 6970 and bam ur set
    
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It's too soon to tell if the cards can be stable after unlocking. How would a stock 6950 2GB compare to a 1GB 6850?
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1. much faster

2. no, its not too soon

3. search around, vga threads come up every day
    
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You can't beat the HD6950 for the price. Here's a review that compares similar cards including the HD6850.
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HD 6950 all the way.
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Many of you said 6950, so... which one's the best 6950? It sucks Gigabyte doesn't make them with the Windforce cooler. Sapphire any good? It's $280 including shipping
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Originally Posted by -Allen- View Post
6950, but If you don't want to flash it, consider the gtx 560



Don't rip him off man.
No worries, I know the prices wouldn't have considered it either way.
Anyways, are 560's better than non-flashed 6950's? I have a mid-tower, too, so i don't want the thing to be blasting ridiculous temps. My 6850 hit 62c tops.
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I have a mid tower as well and I get excellent airflow for my 5770, idles at 30c and loads at 60-65c. Depends, are you going to unlock or not? If unlock - Sapphire I'd say or wait for the PowerColor PCS++, if you don't want to unlock go with MSI Twin Frozr II or wait for Gigabyte to release Windforce 3x if they do which they probably will, or make Sapphire with vapor-x.
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I have a mid tower as well and I get excellent airflow for my 5770, idles at 30c and loads at 60-65c. Depends, are you going to unlock or not? If unlock - Sapphire I'd say or wait for the PowerColor PCS++, if you don't want to unlock go with MSI Twin Frozr II or wait for Gigabyte to release Windforce 3x if they do which they probably will, or make Sapphire with vapor-x.
Gigabyte's may release a Windforce 3x? :*D. For now the Twin Frozr should be good but it's also $30 more. Openbox Newegg, anyone?
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