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Wow is a much more processor bound game then gpu, it won't help much.
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I'd definitely say go with the 6950s, I don't see a point in paying $100 for just a simple unlock/flash you can do yourself rather pain-free.

For your purposes ATM, either card is kind of overkill for what you are playing. However, I'm usually a supporter of getting the highest end GPU you can afford at the time that you decide to upgrade. This helps to make it last as long as possible, because unlike CPUs, RAM, and MoBos; a Video card can be transferred over to any system you might have in say 5 years.


P.S. @Enola
Haha, did I just see the GPU spec in your sig change to add an unlocked 6950?
Edited by Ballistic Buddha - 3/25/11 at 10:26am
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I'd definitely say go with the 6950s, I don't see a point in paying $100 for just a simple unlock/flash you can do yourself rather pain-free.

For your purposes ATM, either card is kind of overkill for what you are playing. However, I'm usually a supporter of getting the highest end GPU you can afford at the time that you decide to upgrade. This helps to make it last as long as possible, because unlike CPUs, RAM, and MoBos; a Video card can be transferred over to any system you might have in say 5 years.
The biggest GPU you can afford? Well, I seriously considered crossfired 6990s, but justifying $550 (for 2x 6950s) is so much easier than justifying $1500 for video cards.

The question I now have is this:
Is there any benefit to running crossfired 6970s vs unlocked crossfired 6950s?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xyro TR1 View Post
That is the question.

I play games very rarely on my sigrig, and when I do, it usually consists of various Source games (see GMod), UT2004, or WoW. The only thing I lag with is WoW, frequently getting below 25FPS in very intense areas. The 6970 should help with this. I would also like to be able to max out Crysis with something higher than an 18FPS average.

Will the 6970 be the upgrade I've been looking for? Should I crossfire 6950s instead? Am I asking for too much? What say you, OCN?
How do you have lag on WoW? With a high end card like that?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xyro TR1 View Post
That is the question.

I play games very rarely on my sigrig, and when I do, it usually consists of various Source games (see GMod), UT2004, or WoW. The only thing I lag with is WoW, frequently getting below 25FPS in very intense areas. The 6970 should help with this. I would also like to be able to max out Crysis with something higher than an 18FPS average.

Will the 6970 be the upgrade I've been looking for? Should I crossfire 6950s instead? Am I asking for too much? What say you, OCN?
Like Enola said once you get to a certain level, WoW's processor limitations play a much larger part. I can get almost the same fps with one or two 460's...... at reasonable settings. Now when I go to ultra settings obviously your gpus get a bigger work out but with vsync on my GPU usage never goes above 40%.

Edit: just saw your monitor settings... I think 2 6950's would be the best.
Edited by tats - 3/25/11 at 12:06pm
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How do you have lag on WoW? With a high end card like that?
Gaming at 5040x1050 does have its downsides. Lots of graphics power is required.
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post #17 of 43
Get a 6950 and unclock.
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Get a 6950
Unlock it to a 6970

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Like Enola said once you get to a certain level, WoW's processor limitations play a much larger part. I can get almost the same fps with one or two 460's...... a reasonable settings. Now when I go to ultra settings obviously your gpus get a bigger work out but with vsync on my GPU usage never goes above 40%.
Hmm,
I seem to recall the CPU wasn't even being 100% utilized, but I'll check it this evening.
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you can grab a couple of powercolor 6970's off newegg right now for just a little over 600 after rebates...if you are doing eyefinity then yes you will want the extra power
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