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Hey guys

Im considering upgrading my system. Gonna go for 6950.. But which one 1GB or 2GB.. Ill be gaming on my 22inch monitor at 1920X1080 only.. no eyefinity . And yes. The price diff is pretty big here
    
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1GB. 2GB is only beneficial at significantly higher resolutions.
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I have the 1GB and it does great. As stated, higher resolutions and eyefinity are the only advantages to the 2GB. Some will say flashing it is an advantage which is true but I'd be worried about bricking it.
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I would get a reference 2GB 6950 and unlock it either with a modded 6950 bios or a 6970 bois. You won't have to worry about bricking because it has two bios chips. Just flip the switch and reflash the bad bios.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rammbhat;12778158 
Hey guys

Im considering upgrading my system. Gonna go for 6950.. But which one 1GB or 2GB.. Ill be gaming on my 22inch monitor at 1920X1080 only.. no eyefinity . And yes. The price diff is pretty big here

get the hd6950 2gb,they are revision1 card so u can unlock them to a hd6970,
but u cant unlock a hd6950 1gb as they are revision2 model,
so hd6950 2gb is the way to go,
I hope this helps u smile.gif
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1 GB. It's cheaper, and the same speed/sometimes faster at low resolutions. An "unlocked" card only gives you 2-3% extra performance so it's not really worth it I say.

Source: http://www.overclock.net/ati/946615-truth-behind-unlocking-amd-radeon-hd.html
Edited by quaaark - 3/18/11 at 3:45pm
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The exact same card is on the way for my 22", if that helps.
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Originally Posted by quaaark;12782595 
1 GB. It's cheaper, and the same speed/sometimes faster at low resolutions. An "unlocked" card only gives you 2-3% extra performance so it's not really worth it I say.

Where the heck do you get those numbers? Please cite your source on that lol. Your saying that a 6970 is only a 2-3% increase on a 6970? I don't think so. These cards fully unlock to 6970's buddy and OC like them too, my Unlocked 6950 is clocked to 950 / 1450 on stock 6970 voltages!
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2GB would be great if running high quality textures and such. GTA 4 would benefit for 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
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imho go 2gb, i find having only 1 gig of vram hurts when you have full AF and AA on.
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