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Um... lots of people with unlocked 6950s get same speeds OCing as 6970s. Werd.
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He is saying that the extra shaders don't have anywhere near the effect of the clocks that you can reach without ever touching the bios anyways.
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CF two 6790s (not a typo,) save your money for something faster.
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CF two 6790s (not a typo,) save your money for something faster.
i noticed that card when i was looking up drivers,lol. i thought it was a typo on there end
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Why would you crossfire two cards in an attempt to get similar performance to a higher end card? I could never understand why people do that. When cf doesn't scale which is often enough you get that lower end card performance at a higher end card's price.
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Why would you crossfire two cards in an attempt to get similar performance to a higher end card? I could never understand why people do that. When cf doesn't scale which is often enough you get that lower end card performance at a higher end card's price.
Because usually the 2 cards cost less than the one faster card. Observe.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-395-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-385-_-Product
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Um the cheaper card that you linked to will be faster when crossfire doesn't scale, I don't see your point.

My point is why would you buy a crossfire solution in an attempt to get the performance of something like a 6950 that is already a great price/performance card.
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Um the cheaper card that you linked to will be faster when crossfire doesn't scale, I don't see your point.

My point is why would you buy a crossfire solution in an attempt to get the performance of something like a 6950 that is already a great price/performance card.
Because technically the 6990 is 2 6970 cores. Yet 2 6970s are cheaper. Not by much but they are. The same rule applies even to slower cards when evenly matched to their similar performance counterparts. At least for AMD cards. Unless you plan to expand later is is slightly more cost effective to buy the 2 slower cards than the one faster card. All things TDP wise being equal. Even the 6970 has slightly less performace than 2 6790s based on what I can see from the specs of both cards and yet it costs about $40 more before taxes and rebates.

It's also why I went with 2 6950s rather than one 6990. For about $150 less I got the same performance if not better.
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Because technically the 6990 is 2 6970 cores. Yet 2 6970s are cheaper. Not by much but they are. The same rule applies even to slower cards when evenly matched to their similar performance counterparts. At least for AMD cards. Unless you plan to expand later is is slightly more cost effective to buy the 2 slower cards than the one faster card. All things TDP wise being equal. Even the 6970 has slightly less performace than 2 6790s based on what I can see from the specs of both cards and yet it costs about $40 more before taxes and rebates.

It's also why I went with 2 6950s rather than one 6990. For about $150 less I got the same performance if not better.
I'm talking about single gpu vs crossfire or sli. Crossfire doesn't always scale. When it doesn't you are stuck with the performance of one gpu. I think that paying the price of on 6970 (which can be had by a 6950 anyways) for two 6790s which will have half of the performance of that 6950 at times is just bad advice.

6990, GTX590, GTX580 are ultra enthusiast cards that is another story.
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post #20 of 26
6990 now.

Go Tri-Fire with 6990 + 6970 (or unlock 6950) later down the road if needed.

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