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OK, here's the reality. I'll be posting an article on this very soon, but here's the gist of it. Being able to unlock a 6950 to a 6970 is nice and all, but what most people don't realize is that most of the 6970's advantage is purely clock speed. Take Crysis: Warhead (using my own benchmarks) on very high quality @ 1080p (the result for high quality are about the same)...

stock 6970 (880/1375) is 11.5% faster than a stock 6950 (800/1250).

clock for clock stock 6970 (880/1375) is 2% faster than the overclocked 6950 (880/1375).

overclocked 6950 (920/1375) is <1% faster than a stock 6970 (880/1375)

overclocked 6970 (920/1375) is <2% faster than a overclocked 6950 (920/1375)


In case you missed it, unlocking the shaders gives you a whopping 2% performance increase. Overclocking the 6950 gave me a 12% increase, while unlocking and overclocking gave me a 14% increase.

Stay tuned for my full post with benchmarks backing up my claims.
so wat will u go for?
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I would go for the cheapest 6950 there is. Which is going to be the 1GB version. Newegg has the Sapphire at $245 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102921). Overclocked or not, it's great performance for the money.

But what about the 2GB version? Worth the extra memory?

1GB vs 2GB: not worth paying the extra money IMO. Even at 2560x1600 the reviews are showing that these two perform virtually identcially. You'll be paying 10% more for 0% performance increase. When the time comes and 2GB matters, this card will be irrelevant and you'll have upgraded.

But you can unlock the 2GB version, right?

Sure, but is paying the extra %10 in cost worth the ~2% performace increase you'll get? That's up to you.

The only reason I bought the 2GB version was because the 1GB version wasn't out yet. I would have gladly put the extra cash towards something else if I had the option.
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I would go for the cheapest 6950 there is. Which is going to be the 1GB version. Newegg has the Sapphire at $245 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102921). Overclocked or not, it's great performance for the money.

But what about the 2GB version? Worth the extra memory?

1GB vs 2GB: not worth paying the extra money IMO. Even at 2560x1600 the reviews are showing that these two perform virtually identcially. You'll be paying 10% more for 0% performance increase. When the time comes and 2GB matters, this card will be irrelevant and you'll have upgraded.

But you can unlock the 2GB version, right?

Sure, but is paying the extra %10 in cost worth the ~2% performace increase you'll get? That's up to you.

The only reason I bought the 2GB version was because the 1GB version wasn't out yet. I would have gladly put the extra cash towards something else if I had the option.
good ill get sapphire
Edited by vltor - 2/20/11 at 7:16pm
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Here is a more current graph that can show a better idea of how the single cards compare. The poster should go according to his/her budget and decide for themselves. After you decide which is best for your needs let us know and we can give you an idea of which manufacturer in our own opinions and you can decide for yourself.



Personally if your going AMD then Sapphire or MSI are great. If you change your mind toward Nvidia then EVGA or MSI is my choice. The GTX 560ti is $250.
     
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AR this Powercolor 6950 GB version is only 239.99 with free shipping...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131384
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