Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › AMD/ATI › 6950 Crossfire or 6970 Crossfire?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

6950 Crossfire or 6970 Crossfire?

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, I'm interested in picking up a new set of GPU's, so far it's been a tough choice in what to get. I am interested in returning to the AMD way of things so I thought I might ask your opinion on these two in Crossifre.

Also, I'm curious as to whether or not going Crossfire would be a bad idea, I've heard plenty of horror stories, but I really want to get some decent FPS pumping so my PC is slightly future proofed.

I'm open of advice too, I will have roughly $1000 to spend on GPU's.

Cheers.
Edited by Coz_411 - 4/1/11 at 5:36am
Cozzatron V2
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 6950 Crossfire Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
900 Peta-Byte Sun Dried Toad Windows 7 64 Benq 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
PowerCase
Corsair 750 Gold Corsair Graphite 600T White 
  hide details  
Reply
Cozzatron V2
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 6950 Crossfire Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
900 Peta-Byte Sun Dried Toad Windows 7 64 Benq 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
PowerCase
Corsair 750 Gold Corsair Graphite 600T White 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coz_411 View Post
Hey guys, I'm interested in picking up a new set of GPU's, so far it's been a tough choice in what to get. I am interested in returning to the AMD way of things so I thought I might ask your opinion on these two in Crossifre.

Also, I'm curious as to whether or not going Crossfire would be a bad idea, I've heard plenty of horror stories, but I really want to get some decent FPS pumping so my PC is slightly future proofed.

I'm open of advice too, I will have roughly $1000 to spend on GPU's.

Cheers.
The 6900 scaling in CF is *incredible* from what I heard.

What horror stories are you referring to?
The Butthurt Box
(21 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K P67 Professional AMD Radeon HD 6950 unlock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 2gb 
RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Ripjaws G.Skill Ripjaws Intel X25-V Seagate Barracuda 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Goflex USB 3.0 24x DVD R/W DL Win7 Ultermate 64 Acer 20in 1600x900 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Compaq 20in 1600x900 17in Dell 1280x1024 19in Gateway 1280x1024 Razer Blackwidow mech w/ cherry MX blues 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Kingwin LZ-750 HAF 932 + sound activated lights Logitech G500 Rosewill USB headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 3.2ghz w/ HT HP Intel IGP 4gb Mushkin DDR2 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
80gb sata WinXP Pro HP OEM HP Small form factor 
  hide details  
Reply
The Butthurt Box
(21 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K P67 Professional AMD Radeon HD 6950 unlock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 2gb 
RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Ripjaws G.Skill Ripjaws Intel X25-V Seagate Barracuda 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Goflex USB 3.0 24x DVD R/W DL Win7 Ultermate 64 Acer 20in 1600x900 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Compaq 20in 1600x900 17in Dell 1280x1024 19in Gateway 1280x1024 Razer Blackwidow mech w/ cherry MX blues 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Kingwin LZ-750 HAF 932 + sound activated lights Logitech G500 Rosewill USB headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 3.2ghz w/ HT HP Intel IGP 4gb Mushkin DDR2 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
80gb sata WinXP Pro HP OEM HP Small form factor 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by railfan844 View Post
The 6900 scaling in CF is *incredible* from what I heard.

What horror stories are you referring to?
Bad drivers, Crossfire not working with new games, Micro Stutter.
Cozzatron V2
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 6950 Crossfire Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
900 Peta-Byte Sun Dried Toad Windows 7 64 Benq 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
PowerCase
Corsair 750 Gold Corsair Graphite 600T White 
  hide details  
Reply
Cozzatron V2
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 6950 Crossfire Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
900 Peta-Byte Sun Dried Toad Windows 7 64 Benq 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
PowerCase
Corsair 750 Gold Corsair Graphite 600T White 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 37
Thread Starter 
Bump
Cozzatron V2
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 6950 Crossfire Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
900 Peta-Byte Sun Dried Toad Windows 7 64 Benq 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
PowerCase
Corsair 750 Gold Corsair Graphite 600T White 
  hide details  
Reply
Cozzatron V2
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 6950 Crossfire Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
900 Peta-Byte Sun Dried Toad Windows 7 64 Benq 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
PowerCase
Corsair 750 Gold Corsair Graphite 600T White 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coz_411 View Post
Bad drivers, Crossfire not working with new games, Micro Stutter.
Drivers with the 6900 series (and 6800 for that matter) are much better than 5800. Crossfire seems to work with most games and CAP is updated regularly, and micro stutter is present on both sides.

But between the 2, I would say 6950 CF unless the 6970s are only $30 or so more. 6950 CF performs very well and at the same clocks should only be about 5-8% slower which isn't a lot and there is a chance to unlock the cards too.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4300Mhz Biostar TP67XE Waiting to buy a new one 8GB 1600Mhz 7-8-7-21 1T 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 SSD [250GB] Antec H20 620 Windows 7 x64 Acer S242HL 
PowerCase
Thermaltake 775W NZXT Phantom [White] 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4300Mhz Biostar TP67XE Waiting to buy a new one 8GB 1600Mhz 7-8-7-21 1T 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 SSD [250GB] Antec H20 620 Windows 7 x64 Acer S242HL 
PowerCase
Thermaltake 775W NZXT Phantom [White] 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coz_411 View Post
Bad drivers, Crossfire not working with new games, Micro Stutter.
I get nothing of this you list. why do people give bad rap to AMD ? 6970's is my vote !!
BlueMonster
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 950 (batch 3041A657) Gigabyte x58-ud3r XFX HD6970 2Gb Crossfire Corsair Dominator 6gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C-300 64 Gb In Raid, WD 500Gb in Raid DVD/CD RW Windows 7 64bit Asus VE248H 1 over 3 Eyefinity with Ergotech Stand 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 510 Corsair HX850 Cooler Master HAF 932 (mod'd AMD version) Razer Naga 
  hide details  
Reply
BlueMonster
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 950 (batch 3041A657) Gigabyte x58-ud3r XFX HD6970 2Gb Crossfire Corsair Dominator 6gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C-300 64 Gb In Raid, WD 500Gb in Raid DVD/CD RW Windows 7 64bit Asus VE248H 1 over 3 Eyefinity with Ergotech Stand 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 510 Corsair HX850 Cooler Master HAF 932 (mod'd AMD version) Razer Naga 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 37
I would go for the CF 6950, they will give you good performance for the price.
post #8 of 37
If you want pure performance, and you can afford it, I'd definitely go for the 6970 CrossfireX.

All I can say is, I've had a couple of CFX setups from AMD in the past year (x2 HD5850, HD5970, and now this x2 HD6970) and I have yet to experience any problems with my drivers

I'm quite happy with AMD for now, you'll love this cards, they're scaling is completely awesome!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 7700k ASUS Maximus IX Formula EVGA GTX1080 Ti *soon* EVGA GTX1080 Ti *soon* 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz CL16 Samsung 950 PRO M.2 512GB WD Red 4TB WD Green 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H110i GT Windows 10 PRO ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Corsair K70 RGB MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA Supernova T2 850W Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Razer Destructor 2 
AudioAudioAudio
Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO 80ohm JDS O2+ODAC Zalman MIC-M1 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 7700k ASUS Maximus IX Formula EVGA GTX1080 Ti *soon* EVGA GTX1080 Ti *soon* 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz CL16 Samsung 950 PRO M.2 512GB WD Red 4TB WD Green 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H110i GT Windows 10 PRO ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Corsair K70 RGB MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA Supernova T2 850W Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Razer Destructor 2 
AudioAudioAudio
Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO 80ohm JDS O2+ODAC Zalman MIC-M1 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 37
HD 6950 CFX is the best value. HD 6970 CFX only gives you a small increase in performance compared to the price increase.
Scorpion
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2500K Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 2 120GB Samsung SH-S223L DVD-RW Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit AOC e2243Fwk 21.5" LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
XArmor U9 Mechanical Corsair HX850 Corsair Carbide Series 500R Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Nova Gaming Winner 3 Realtek ALC889 Codec 
  hide details  
Reply
Scorpion
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2500K Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 2 120GB Samsung SH-S223L DVD-RW Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit AOC e2243Fwk 21.5" LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
XArmor U9 Mechanical Corsair HX850 Corsair Carbide Series 500R Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudio
Nova Gaming Winner 3 Realtek ALC889 Codec 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 37
Hmm, I would say go for HD6950 CF setup. You should be able to get a good enough price on them to take the extra money and get yourself a small SSD for around the same price. But I'm not too sure how the 6950's and 70's are priced there. I live in South Africa, and for R7500 (+-$1000) I could get 6950 CF and a 64GB SSD.

Good luck with your decision. =)

EDIT: The 6950 CF will give you more than awesome performance. They are really great in CF. One of the top cards for performance scaling when you go CF/SLi in my opinion.
Sun Wu-Kong
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Duo E6750 2.66GHz ASUS P5Q-e SLi MSI HD6850 Cyclone Power Edition 2x 2GB DDR-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB 24x DVD Writer Cocage TRUE SPIRIT Windows 7 32bit 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
MAG 24" Baobab Xtreme 500Watt Coolermaster Elite331 C-Media Sound Card 
  hide details  
Reply
Sun Wu-Kong
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Duo E6750 2.66GHz ASUS P5Q-e SLi MSI HD6850 Cyclone Power Edition 2x 2GB DDR-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB 24x DVD Writer Cocage TRUE SPIRIT Windows 7 32bit 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
MAG 24" Baobab Xtreme 500Watt Coolermaster Elite331 C-Media Sound Card 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: AMD/ATI
Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › AMD/ATI › 6950 Crossfire or 6970 Crossfire?