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Ok, so I have narrowed it down to the 6950 2gb or the 6970 2gb. I have read many articles where people recommend the 6950 especially if I am going to crossfire, but I plan to buy a second card to crossfire in the future when the cards are cheaper if it is needed, I don't know if this effects the reccomendation. I game at 1920x1080 and mainly play DoW, BFBC2, LoL, and WoW, in order of greatly increasing frequency.

Considering my computer is without a card and I cant play games till I get one I was going to pick a card up at fry's.

The two I have been looking at are this 6970 @ $315 http://www.frys.com/product/6522883?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG got 4 eggs from newegg customer reviews

or this 6950 2gb @ $265 http://www.frys.com/product/6559683?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG got 5 eggs from newegg customer reviews

I also heard someone say you should go 6970 if the price difference is around $30. So, what advice do you have regarding this dilemma?

P.S. I'm leaning towards the 6950, and I can hold off on gaming for a couple days, but only if it is REALLY worth it, and I appreciate a card with good resale value
Edited by Plotner - 4/21/11 at 3:27am
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Damn, overpriced imo.

I wouldnt get that 6950. I would opt for the Twin frozr 3 version since it's been known to unlock into a 6970.

But looking at the selection at frys, there's not much haha. I heard the HIS may unlock if it's reference...u can catch open box 6950's on newegg for 215
    
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I'd suggest going to the 6970, the unlock on the 6950 only unlocks some of the chip, and it offers only a 2-3% speed increase. Go to the bigger card now, you won't regret it.
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Damn, overpriced imo.

I wouldnt get that 6950. I would opt for the Twin frozr 3 version since it's been known to unlock into a 6970.

But looking at the selection at frys, there's not much haha. I heard the HIS may unlock if it's reference...u can catch open box 6950's on newegg for 215
saving that much justifies the wait imo, especially if fry's selection is that bad, and then I'd save money on sales tax. So, I guess I may wait depending on the consensus. Well I'm heading to bed for now but I look forward to the read tomorrow
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I'd suggest going to the 6970, the unlock on the 6950 only unlocks some of the chip, and it offers only a 2-3% speed increase. Go to the bigger card now, you won't regret it.
What did u just say? unlocks some of the chip? I suggest u re-read your statement

It unlocks the whole chip. It turns it into an underclocked 6970. U just have to raise the clocks on the unlocked 6950 to 6970 clocks and u have a 6970. No such thing as ''unlocks some of the chip.''

Sorry. it's also like 5% increase.


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saving that much justifies the wait imo, especially if fry's selection is that bad, and then I'd save money on sales tax. So, I guess I may wait depending on the consensus. Well I'm heading to bed for now but I look forward to the read tomorrow

Night man. Check the forsale threads here to see if anything comes up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-575-_-Product

or here

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-555-_-Product

The msi normal cooler has been known to unlock.
Edited by Kick - 4/21/11 at 3:48am
    
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i found a card at $200 that sure will beat a 6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...037R-_-Product


Ah, theres other cheap video cards here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D&PageSize=100
     
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I'm uneasy about onlocking a 6950 because I don't have the money to buy a replacement if things go wrong.
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I'm uneasy about onlocking a 6950 because I don't have the money to buy a replacement if things go wrong.
Then go with a 6970, both are great cards.
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Hm, any consideration for Nvida Cards? Avoid the reference GTX 570 and try to get a non-ref one with more power phases.

like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432&cm_re=gtx_570-_-14-121-432-_-Product

most of them ranges around $330-350.
     
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post #10 of 14
If you can, get a 6950 reference card and flash it over to a 6970.

Also don't go with a 570 unless it is a custom card like those form ASUS, MSI, etc.

Also another card to check out (not in the same performanc category your looking for but still a hell of a card) is the 560Ti.
 
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