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Currently I have the 5870. Card is good, but I need more.
I'm looking at 2 cards. AMD 6970 and Nvidia GTX580

The 2 I'm looking at is the MSI Lightning Series. newegg.ca is getting both in.
6970 $386.99 CAD
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R6970-Lightning.html

GTX 580 $525.99
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N580GTX-Lightning.html

I play mostly MMO games and a few FPS from time to time. I want to get the most of my gaming, with beautiful eye candy.
    
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well gtx580 is the boss , 6970 isnt far behind really .. on a 1080p monitor a 6970 will do your more than fine .. i run my 6970 in eyefinity so i need to 2gb of vram and at 5760x1080 i get good fps with high detail .

Id suggest buying a 2gb 6950 , unlock it .. have urself a 6970 and some spare cash in ur pocket . You dont need a gtx580 , leave that money to upgrade something else ? maybe 2 more monitors for eyefinity ?

upto you though , gtx580 is the faster card .. if i had the $$ id have one =) but then again you need 2x580's to run nv surround .
Edited by Xristo - 4/12/11 at 5:32pm
    
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An opinion from the cheap:

I am playing RIFT at Ultra+ settings and am getting 72 FPS at 1080 with one 560Ti.

Of course, that doesn't mean that I won't SLI another when GW2 launches, if needs be.
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Get a 6950 2GB and just unlock it to a 6970. You'll save yourself some money and it is pretty much the same thing. Good luck.
    
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A 6950 dont unlock anymore. The newer batch has too many failures of unlocking and AMD has really started to fix this.
Had already 4 people failed on unlocking. So no go for me. Plus I'm only going to looking at the Lightning series from MSI. Do not like stock cooling, never have.

Cash in my pocket is not an issue, as I do upgrade my system yearly. No crossfire/SLI for me, just one single card.
Multiple monitors cant, no room for that, and no interested in that. Well except for my 46" for my home theater.

True the 6970 is cheaper, but this is my first time thinking about going back to Nvidia since my 7950 GT days. Now the GTX580 is really a fast card for a single GPU.
    
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3 View Post
A 6950 dont unlock anymore. The newer batch has too many failures of unlocking and AMD has really started to fix this.
Had already 4 people failed on unlocking. So no go for me. Plus I'm only going to looking at the Lightning series from MSI. Do not like stock cooling, never have.
I just bought a visiontek reference 6950 off of amazon and it unlocked fine.
post #7 of 10
You can get two unlocked 6950s in CF for the same price as 1 GTX 580. 2 gigs vRAM vs 1.5 Gigs.

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Edited by pangolinman - 4/12/11 at 6:35pm
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You can get two unlocked 6950s in CF for the same price as 1 GTX 580. 4 gigs vRAM vs 1.5 Gigs.
You dont add them, its still only 2 gigs.
    
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3 View Post
A 6950 dont unlock anymore. The newer batch has too many failures of unlocking and AMD has really started to fix this.
Had already 4 people failed on unlocking. So no go for me. Plus I'm only going to looking at the Lightning series from MSI. Do not like stock cooling, never have.

Cash in my pocket is not an issue, as I do upgrade my system yearly. No crossfire/SLI for me, just one single card.
Multiple monitors cant, no room for that, and no interested in that. Well except for my 46" for my home theater.

True the 6970 is cheaper, but this is my first time thinking about going back to Nvidia since my 7950 GT days. Now the GTX580 is really a fast card for a single GPU.
GTX 580 is an overpriced piece of equipment, that's what it is.

If you only play MMOs and a few FPS, I'd just get the 6970.
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Right, i knew that, sorry. Still, performance wise, the CF unlocked 6950s will blow away the single GTX 580
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