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I feel a little out of place here among the RED's. To be honest im more of an GeForce guy. But with the price point difference i might be willing to explore the ATI/AMD drivers. Ive had major issues with them in the past, but since i picked up my laptop that sports a 5870M ive had good luck and this has helped me reconsider.

I'm starting to search for a new GPU for my Desktop/Server. I currently have a Quadro 290NVS in it for Photoshop, just sold my 7950GX2 on ebay. But im hoping to be able to run 3 monitors on it. Im looking toward the near future and questioning whether my 5870m will still be able to push Crysis 2 and BF3. I'm leaning toward a NO. So i'm looking in the $200 - $275 range por a potential new GPU for my older Abit IP35 Pro motherboard. Full Specs are listed under Server.

Do you believe that the 2GB 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102914 would be adequate for my needs. I plan to eventually run Eyefinity across 3 monitors. I'm more leaning toward hanging onto what i have now and upgrading when the time comes closer.

What do you all believe would be the best performance card for the $$$. and I'm not stuck on AMD if the Green Team has something that i may have missed i will take that into consideration.
 
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The 6950 has probably one of the best performance/$ ratio among the current cards. Eyfinity on 3 monitors may require more than 1GB of graphics memory, so this would be the reason the 5870 could be indequate - after seing the benches I didn't have the feeling the 6950 is that much better than a 5870. Other way of putting it is that a 1GB 6950 won't bring you much of anything.

...for photoshop though, dunno about CS5, but in CS4 they accelerated some functions w/ CUDA; from this perspective a GTX 560Ti may be a better option, but I'm not sure how well it supports many monitors.
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maybe gigabyte 6950 OC is good for you.
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Newegg has a 2GB 6950 from sapphire for under 260 after a mail in rebate. Really good deal to be honest.
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Since you wanna use 3 monitors.
I said there's no better choice than HD 6950 2GB in terms of $.
Any 6950 card, reference or not is okay as long as the memory buffer is 2GB.

For the green team, you may consider GTX 560 Ti. But you need a pair of it to be able to run 3 monitors. That's NVIDIA disadvantage.
And one thing you should remember is the buffer size is limited to 1GB only. It will struggle when handle 3 monitors unless you game in 3840 x 720 resolution.
    
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2gb 6950 for sure.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150518

Im a big EVGA fan b/c of their warranty. How is XFX? Like i said im not normally an ATI/AMD Guy. Also will it be difficult to unlock this to a 6970 as im seeing people state in their NE reviews?

Finally has AMD announced and releases for later this spring/Summer/Fall so that i may want to wait and get a newer architecture that will rub this things face in a pile of dog $h!7?
 
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well for gefoce card you will need 2 gpus . 6950 ? you can unlock to 1 6970. i would get a 2 gb card for higher res with aa on. only if you want to go sli on green team then 560ti is best beat but that would run $500 so ati 6950 2gb card and flash it to 6970 .
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Ok. How is the warranty from xfx. Are they a decent company to deal with. Also would it be overly complicated to flash this to a 6970. Should I wait until it gets closer to release time to purchase the new video card? Maybe someone should have released something more bang for the Buck.

Will I notice any loss in performance by running this in my mainboard.

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Ok. How is the warranty from xfx. Are they a decent company to deal with.
Decent, they stand by their products but some people have had bad experiences with their RMA. My experiences have been B -
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Also would it be overly complicated to flash this to a 6970.
No very easy. I downloaded a program ran it and restarted my pc and was done.
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Should I wait until it gets closer to release time to purchase the new video card? Maybe someone should have released something more bang for the Buck.
The 6990 is going to arrive anytime now if I remember correctly. It will be pricey at first.
There are some decent deals right now. Sapphire's 6950 2GB is ~250$ after MIR. Just like anything the price will continue to go down over time. I have 1 6950 unlocked to a 6970, and my plan is to buy another and crossfire and that should keep me on the high end for GPU's for sometime. Not bad if you ask me, 250$ now maybe in a few months when the new stuff drops grab another maybe around 200$ by then you'll be set.
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Will I notice any loss in performance by running this in my mainboard.
Not sure.
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