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6990 or wait for Southern Islands?

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Hey all,

I've been out of the gpu market lately with school, but the anticipated release of the 6990 has me thinking about upgrades again . Exciting, yes. I love my current gpu but I'm still running 10.4a drivers, so an upgrade would be nice for general performance improvements in games and to get DX11 (considering I've been doing Direct3D tutorial coding lately, it'd be nice to use hardware mode).

Having said that, what do you think a 6990 would have over the initial Southern Islands batch? If the rumors are true, it's supposed to be out Q2 or Q3, which would mean probably close to the end of summer. Would ATI launch high end first? Or do you suspect they will follow up their flagship release with lower end variants like they did with the HD 6000 series?
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Don't wait, just upgrade if you want. But don't upgrade because of DX11, DX11 is heavily overlooked and really doesn't even mean anything right now at this point.

Upgrade for just better performance in general compared to your crossfired 4870s.
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I just went from 2 4870-512 cards CF to a single 6970 and the prefomace is much better. My 3Dmark06 score is only about 500 points better but, were I used to run at medium settings I can now run everything at max.
    
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i would just wait.

crysis 2, homefront, and some other games coming out in the next few months should be able to be run with your card.

i would upgrade in the fall when bf3 and other blockbusters drop.
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go with 6990 if u want now....cuz the card seems quite brilliant later u can CFX WITH A 6000 SERIES card if u want xtra power
     
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