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What are the best GPUs on the market in terms of price/performance ratio right now? Something tells me they will be single GPU cards, but I may be surprised! Just trying to get a feel for what I should be looking for when it comes to the most bang for your buck.. Be that an ATI card or an nVidia card.

You can determine the "price per frame" if you divide the price of the card by the average FPS of the card using the same benchmarks. I think that's how they do it anyways..

Thanks!
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AMD's 6950, the 2GB reference version. It can be flashed to a 6970, which compares to the GTX 570, which is a $350 card.
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Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz View Post
AMD's 6950, the 2GB reference version. It can be flashed to a 6970, which compares to the GTX 570, which is a $350 card.
This one?
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59610

When comparing to this it's only a small difference in price
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD7021

Maybe I'm looking at the wrong cards?
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post #4 of 47
As stated above, you can't beat the price/performance of a flashed 6950 2GB ref... buy 2 and Xfire and you have 6990 performance with less heat and noise. Not sure about power draw though... its late.

Can't go wrong. Just make sure its REFERENCE PCB AND 2GB... the 1GB ones WON'T unlock... no matter which one you get... 2GB - REFERENCE.
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Crossfire 6850s?
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post #6 of 47
Get the 6950... 6970>570 IMO, varies by game. If you have a large res 6970 will shine over the 570 most times... And its cheaper...
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post #7 of 47
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Sweet! Couple of quick questions..
Can I run a 6950 on my motherboard? I'm assuming I will need to upgrade my PSU? And can somebody link me to a Canadian store for purchasing the exact 2GB reference card? Or has AMD already corrected this issue with the newer 6950s and will I need to find a used one?
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I've heard rumors about AMD laser cutting newer 6950's but I haven't seen it 100% confirmed so I'm unsure...
About the PSU... The 6950 requires 500w or greater but the 6970 requires 550w. I'm not big on PSU's so maybe a PSU Guru can help us out... Some PSU's seem able to handle more than spec'd while others struggle to meet advertised efficiencies...
EDIT> Just looked up your PSU... Bad luck, its not 80+ certified so I doubt you could run a 6970 on that... I'd be weary of a 6950 as well...
Edited by Fuell - 4/12/11 at 10:49pm
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post #9 of 47
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Ah, OK - thanks for letting me know! +rep
Can anybody tell me how much the 2GB reference model of the Radeon 6950 goes for? Trying to find a link to it but just want to make sure I'm getting it right with the "reference model"...
Thanks
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cheapest 2GB I found that is reference, according to comments, is a HIS card.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...scrollFullInfo
I know his gets knocked for just throwing big coolers on and doing nothing but the price is right, the coolers usually works decent and they look good (personal taste) I had a HIS IceQ Turbo 4670 and I LOVED that card... one of the best Budget cards I ever used.
Oh and I had a HIS MIR and it went fine, took a little longer than Mushkin or OCZ did, but much better than Crucial.
Took almost 2 years to get them from Crucial. I fight for my money. They only gave $20 out of $40... so I'm still perstering their Cust. Service and managers. Figured if they won't pay me my rebates I'll make them spend 1,000 times more $$ on paying employees to deal with me.
Edited by Fuell - 4/12/11 at 11:06pm
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