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Solid Reasons To Get a 6950 vs. a 5870

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What are some "SOLID" (hence the word "SOLID") reasons why I should get the 6950 versus last generations 5870.. And please don't say stuff like load consumption, power draw, temps and noise because I could really care lol. I max out my fan speed and its loud but it doesn't bother me because I have closed ear headphones.

Heres a benchmark of the 6950 vs. 5870 (also included is the GTX 570 and the 6970)

*NOTE* All the results in the benchmark are OCd cards.... I just want some "SOLID" reason why I should go ahead and buy the 6950... I can get a XFX 5870 1GB for $209.99 or SAPPHIRE 5870 2GB for $279.99. The XFX 6950s are $289.99 almost the same as a 2GB 5870 and they are 2GB their self.

I think that x 5870s in crossfire would be killer even though they are 1GB per card. I am going to drive 3x 24" ASUS VE248H Monitors in Eyefinity so I was concerned with the whole aspect of needing more physical memory for filtering and resolution, because I will be running a very nice resolution of 5760x1080.
Edited by fRingE - 4/6/11 at 5:47am
    
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Much better crossfire scaling for 6000 series, larger VRAM for future eyefinity upgrades

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/300?vs=299
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You can flash a 6950 2GB to a 6970.

You can't flash a 5870 to a 6970.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Boyboyd;13021912 
You can flash a 6950 2GB to a 6970.

You can't flash a 5870 to a 6970.

This(As long as its a v1 thumb.gif) /thread
    
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Not familiar with AMD GPUs but im familiar with common sense and i can tell you that if you need so strongly to be convinced then dont buy the 6950.
Sounds by your post that you already have your mind set on which one you want. tongue.gif
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post #6 of 13
Better at DX11
Double the VRAM
Excellent xfire scaling
Potential to unlock to a 6970.

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post #7 of 13
get the 6950 cos:
it can only get better with drivers,
crossfire scaling is unreal,
better at tesselation,
more vram if you get the 2gb version. more vram = better at higher resolutions and will be better when games use more advanced textures,
dual bios switch,
unlock the shaders to the same amount as the 6970 if you dare.
Edited by Dom-inator - 4/6/11 at 5:58am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cee;13021932 
This(As long as its a v1 thumb.gif) /thread

These ones flashable correct?

XFX 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518&cm_re=6950-_-14-150-518-_-Product

SAPPHIRE 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-914-_-Product

*EDIT* The ones thing I was confused on was the benchmark I listed and since the 5870 has more processing cores 1600 verses the 1408 the 6950 has.
    
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post #9 of 13
Here is the benchmark comparison that I did when going from a 4890 to a 6950. No comparison for the 5870 but the 6950 is faster so that should be reason enough.

http://www.overclock.net/ati/966250-4890-vs-6950-benchmarks-phase-2-a.html#post12747932
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by fRingE;13021999 
These ones flashable correct?

XFX 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518&cm_re=6950-_-14-150-518-_-Product

SAPPHIRE 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-914-_-Product

*EDIT* The ones thing I was confused on was the benchmark I listed and since the 5870 has more processing cores 1600 verses the 1408 the 6950 has.

if its 2gb it should flash. it doesnt matter about the amount of shaders because the 69xx series is a different architecture to the 58xx series.
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