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6870vs6950 1gb vs 6970 2gb

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March 10, 2011 8:11:46 PM

I want to play Crysis 2 max on 1920x1080 monitor. I know in order from least to greatest but I'm not sure whether its worth spending from $200 for the 6870 to get a 6950 for $220 or whether it would have an effect now or in the future to get 2gb for $245.

Thanks and if there's a better option I'm all ears. I will be crossfiring next year or later so keep that in mind.
March 10, 2011 8:23:02 PM

6950 2gb and BIOS unlock it to a 6970

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a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 8:26:46 PM

You can see stock to stock comparison here
You can use this guide to unlock a 6950 to a 6970 however a few people reported rendering errors
If i were you id get the 6950 regardless, unlock it test it, if u had a prob and u prob wont then u could return it or just flash it back to normal.
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a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 8:39:25 PM

nothing wrong with power color :) 
March 10, 2011 8:42:49 PM

Can I run both on an xfx 750w psu? (x4 965, and 4gb ram)

I think whether I choose MSI or Powercolor is which one can give me the most in terms of stickers and extras lmao.
March 10, 2011 8:53:54 PM

Sorry. I didn't say that correctly. I meant crossfire?
a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 8:55:05 PM

you mean you want to run 2 6950's in crossfire ?
a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 8:59:41 PM

Measured power consumption R6950 1GB

System in IDLE = 178W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 312W
Difference (GPU load) = 134 W
Add average IDLE wattage ~ 20W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 154 Watts

It might work.. i ran antec and it said u only need 550 watts, but the chart i found said 1 card uses over 300 under load, using that info id recommended like 1000 plus
March 10, 2011 9:01:13 PM

Yessir, I checked on that website. It says 642w for 6950 crossfire vs 815w for 6970 crossfire. But if I unlock a 6950 to a 6970 it would still require less watts right? Thus 750w should be enough. If not I'll probably get the 850w
a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 9:04:06 PM

if i was gonna run 2 unlocked 6950's with 3 case fans my water and 2 cd drives etc id get like a 1200 watt 80 plus but whatever works for you is cool
March 10, 2011 9:09:46 PM

Well, now I need to find a different psu.
a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 9:30:06 PM

Looks good u could check reviews
March 11, 2011 12:21:45 AM

I'll just go with an xfx 850 watt. I don't get how to flash it though. Do I switch the mode from 1 to 2 on the card when I'm building my pc? Idk I'm lost...
a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 12:38:15 AM

Close out this discussion and shoot me a letter here.
March 11, 2011 12:57:05 AM

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