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I always buy myself a birthday present. With my Birthday in August its time to start thinking about this years gift. I decided that August will be a good time to update my GPUs.

I would love to get a 6990 but with prices ranging from $759-900 AUD I dont think this is a viable option.

After reading around here it looks like the 2 x 6950 2GB is the best way to go. I would be looking at about $600 AUD for both.

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 11
The 2x6950's is a great option, especially if you can unlock them both. Only the reference 2G 6950's unlock, and you will get the performance of 2xSLI'd 570's, for a few hundred less.
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post #3 of 11
yea definitely go the 2x6950. excellent value, they scale well and if you unlock them you'll pretty much have a 6990
post #4 of 11
As a proud owner of a 6950 I would totally recommend it to you. Even one is good enough is most cases (minus extremely high resolutions such as EyeFinity, etc.). I will sadly be downgrading to crossfire 6870 soon just because I do not use this much performance!
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post #5 of 11
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Unlocking them is just a case of flashing the BIOS right? I seem to recall seeing a guide on here and something about these cards being duel BIOS so one cant really brick them. Didnt seem to hard although I've never done anything like that before. I think Im pretty good for MoBo and Case size as well. How is the power draw / heat of these Vs the 4890s?

Hopefully these will be good enough to crank the likes of Battlefield 3 all the way up and maintain decent FPS.
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post #6 of 11
Im willing to bet buy the time august rolls around there wont be buy unlockable 6950s anymore
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by iscariot View Post
Unlocking them is just a case of flashing the BIOS right? I seem to recall seeing a guide on here and something about these cards being duel BIOS so one cant really brick them. Didnt seem to hard although I've never done anything like that before. I think Im pretty good for MoBo and Case size as well. How is the power draw / heat of these Vs the 4890s?
Yes sir! It is so extremely easy to do! Here's a good guide on how to do it, and it is exactly what I used to get my card flashed. I currently have mine with the stock MSI 6970 BIOS with 950 on the core and 1450 on the memory with stock voltages. Amazing if you ask me!

Compared to the 4890 they're probably run around the same thermally speaking. Power draw is more for these cards, but only by a slight amount. My card idles at 60C and loads at 70C with auto fan speeds and my ambient is at 26C.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Aznboy1993 View Post
As a proud owner of a 6950 I would totally recommend it to you. Even one is good enough is most cases (minus extremely high resolutions such as EyeFinity, etc.). I will sadly be downgrading to crossfire 6870 soon just because I do not use this much performance!
Sounds like you are being forced to give it up.. just keep it!
post #9 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
Im willing to bet buy the time august rolls around there wont be buy unlockable 6950s anymore
From what I understand its somewhat a gamble even now. IIRC its something to do with how the PCB has been cut. I could be very wrong there though.

Assuming I cant unlock it two of these should still have plenty of grunt though right?
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Windows 7 64 bit Home LG 34UC97  Razer Lycosa Corsair HX1000w 
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Round 1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 950 4Ghz Gigabyte EX58-UD5 MSI 390X  G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Velociraptor  WD Black WD Black Pioneer BDC-S02 DVD-RW/Bluray 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 bit Home LG 34UC97  Razer Lycosa Corsair HX1000w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF922 Death Adder Razer Soundblaster 
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post #10 of 11
The reference HD 6950 2GB's are the best bang per buck due to their ability to unlock their shaders. I would purchase two of those and unlock them with the SHADER ONLY unlock BIOS (not the 6970 BIOS) and then overclock them.
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