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Bit of a personal rant of joy.

Finally have a buyer for my 6970. I'm glad to be rid of it... though it was a good card, I bought it out of stupidity; I'm waiting for games to come out, and meanwhile I am playing Starcraft 2. I simply wanted to get some decent benchmarks with my i7 2600k so I splurged... wasn't too smart.

The 'family' computer runs on two 5770's, so I'll be ripping one out of it for my own use for a few months. (The computer is seldom used, and when used it's used by my little brother who again has the graphical needs of about a single 5770). Getting $300 (Paid $420 after taxes originally).

I can't wait to see what is released later this year (or whenever it might be). I certainly hope the material will be good. I am unbiased toward AMD/ATI and NVidia, though I worry from rumors that AMD/ATI will be basing their 7000-line closely on the 6000-line; I hope that doesn't limit the overclockability. Either way, I'm excited to buy a more overclockable card (twin frost or something of the sort) in the future. That'll be when BF3 and other more intense games will finally be released and I will finally be able to use an expensive graphics card to its potential.
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I feel the same way for the 5770s, I still have my 2x Sapphire 5770s lying around cause they were great back then and were great bang for buck. Can't say I have remorse on my 580s but to each their own.

Of course, if DICE stays true on what they do on BF3, then you might see what Nvidia or AMD has to offer by then if you want to max it on your moniter's resolution.
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I just swaped out my 5770 for a 6950 and couldn't be happier. Don't get me wrong the 5770 is a great little card but that 128bit bus chokes it. I had it oc'ed to 1ghz core and 1300mhz on the memory so it managed to make up for it at the res I was playing at. It's going into my backup rig replacing a 4850. I'm still going to put alot more milage on it.
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I feel the same way for the 5770s, I still have my 2x Sapphire 5770s lying around cause they were great back then and were great bang for buck. Can't say I have remorse on my 580s but to each their own.

Of course, if DICE stays true on what they do on BF3, then you might see what Nvidia or AMD has to offer by then if you want to max it on your moniter's resolution.
Wow two 580's. That's crazy performance right there. No, I can see why you wouldn't regret it. Especially if you have a lot of games you play at high res. Plus there's the benefit of getting into the top percentile of benchmark scores. With a single 6970 it just wasn't enough to get much anywhere with my scores.

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I just swaped out my 5770 for a 6950 and couldn't be happier. Don't get me wrong the 5770 is a great little card but that 128bit bus chokes it. I had it oc'ed to 1ghz core and 1300mhz on the memory so it managed to make up for it at the res I was playing at. So it's going into my backup rig replacing a 4850. I'm still going to put alot more milage on it.
I presume anyone who games slightly more than me would definitely see the benefit. Since I only play Starcraft 2 (and I'm fed up with how bad Crysis 2 is), I'm really left with no reason to have a performance card yet. Key word is "yet". Since I do intend to have a beast machine eventually
    
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I presume anyone who games slightly more than me would definitely see the benefit. Since I only play Starcraft 2 (and I'm fed up with how bad Crysis 2 is), I'm really left with no reason to have a performance card yet. Key word is "yet". Since I do intend to have a beast machine eventually
Then that 5770 is all you're gonna need...for the monent.
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I have a single 5770 i bought a about 6 months ago. Just bought a second one from the forums here for $115 shipped. Cant wait to run Crossfire! Given the price of my original XFX 5770 at $130 and the new (used) Sapphire 5770 for $115, i dont think i could get a better deal for <$250. Both will have voltage control and such will be running at about 950MHz Core and 1350MHz Mem.
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i had a 5770 and can't say i was disappointed to sell it. but if its all you need, then its all good.
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Can't wait to stick this 5770 in my system.

Feels more complete with a 5770 than it does with a 6970.

It's just a placeholder but I'm glad to be rid of the 6970. Was so big it bent over slightly in my case (by like a cm). Lol.
    
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Little update (because I know everyone cares lol):

Got the money finally ($300) and now I put the 5770 in my case. I reapplied the thermal paste with IC Diamond on the 5770 to drop temps just a couple degrees (not even overclocking the card so it doesn't matter anyways). I was surprised my FPS only dropped by about 40-70 on average in SC2 at the exact same settings (1920x1080 fully maxed settings). I average about 100FPS in an 8 player game with moderate amounts of units (not too many); with the 6970 I'd average between 160 and 200.

Now I'm selling two of my four tower speakers for $375 (I paid $400 for them + taxes originally so I'm getting a decent amount back). I don't need 5.1 with 4 tower speakers, so I'm going down to 3.1 with 2 tower speakers. Saves on power consumption and gives me some $$$ for a more useful future computer upgrade
    
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