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Wow is a much more processor bound game then gpu, it won't help much.
This is very true.

One thing I'd recommend (if you've not done it already) is force wow to use dx11 - it will get you significantly more fps.
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This is very true.

One thing I'd recommend (if you've not done it already) is force wow to use dx11 - it will get you significantly more fps.
^This

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Originally Posted by Xyro TR1 View Post
Hmm,
I seem to recall the CPU wasn't even being 100% utilized, but I'll check it this evening.
Someone else can give a better explanation of how it is proc dependant but you can do a quick test yourself, put your cpu back to stock you will see a massive loss of FPS. The difference between my 930 at stock and at 4.0 was huge.

Another thing I noticed that helped (I got it for other reasons too) was getting an SSD since WoW is constantly reading and loading textures, etc and SSD really helped with load times and overall snappiness...
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Someone else can give a better explanation of how it is proc dependant but you can do a quick test yourself, put your cpu back to stock you will see a massive loss of FPS. The difference between my 930 at stock and at 4.0 was huge.
Heh, my processor is stock. Never even tried OCing it... >.> Maybe I'll try that tonight to see if it helps...

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Another thing I noticed that helped (I got it for other reasons too) was getting an SSD since WoW is constantly reading and loading textures, etc and SSD really helped with load times and overall snappiness...
I'll be RAIDing a couple 512GB SSDs during my system refresh this fall.
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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?
Well honestly if the only thing u play is some occasional games here and there don't waste ur money on a 6970, just go get a 6950 and be happy with it. Considering WOW is a CPU intensive game. With my current rig I Max out wow with all settings maxed out.
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So again... 2x6950 or 2x 6970? Is there an advantage to the 6970 vs unlocked 6950? Both will be the 2GB variety.
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6950 flashed to 6970 = epic awesome.
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Is there an advantage to the 6970 vs unlocked 6950.
Performance is identical.

You could argue the 6970 might be more stable since it was designed to run at a higher specification (and, contrary to popular belief, the PCBs are not identical, the 6970 has an extra cluster of what look to be resistors).
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either look for a used 5870 to xfire or pick up a 6950 instead. gaming across 3 monitors will appreciate the extra vram and you don't need the 6970 when an overclocked 6950 will do the job just fine.
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either look for a used 5870 to xfire or pick up a 6950 instead. gaming across 3 monitors will appreciate the extra vram and you don't need the 6970 when an overclocked 6950 will do the job just fine.
I had Crossfired 5870s. The performance gain I got was approximately 2FPS in anything. I could never get it to access more than 1GB of VRAM, so the machine stuttered a lot when it ran out, which was frequently due to my high resolution.

So far I've gathered that the best setup would probably be Crossfired 2GB 6950s flashed to 6970s. Yes?
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I had Crossfired 5870s. The performance gain I got was approximately 2FPS in anything. I could never get it to access more than 1GB of VRAM, so the machine stuttered a lot when it ran out, which was frequently due to my high resolution.

So far I've gathered that the best setup would probably be Crossfired 2GB 6950s flashed to 6970s. Yes?
wow scales negatively with crossfire (gives less fps than single gpu), or at least it did last time i checked, so if you play it a lot it's wasted money.

in fact afaik, no MMOs use multiple GPUs very well at all.
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