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December 18, 2010 6:36:49 PM

Ok so so after reading through reviews and tomshardware I came up with this setup


http://www.komplett.dk/k/shoplist.aspx?mode=receive&si=...

Originally had the gigabyte ga-x58a, but decided to go with the sabertooth instead as the GPUs dont sit back to back in xfire/sli on this board, and supposedly 6950 can run hot/loud if back to back.

Also had 570 in my original setup, but decided on 6950 as they seem to offer abit more value, and I can throw the extra money I saved, around 150dollars towards a better monitor instead.

How does it all look? Are CL9 ram sufficient, is it worth the extra cost going for cl8 or lower? its a huge price increase atleast here in Denmark.

What about the itnel stock cooler, is it okay or do I need to buy something else? I am going to do a moderate OC nothing fancy pansy.

This is all for hardcore gaming 1920X1080 on 24" monitor, win 7 64bit ofc.

Gaming all new metro,black ops, sc2, upcoming diablo 3 etc.
December 18, 2010 8:07:36 PM

Twin 6950s cranked out some impressive gaming benchmark figures, besting a single 570 at only 2/3rds the cost...

6950x2.....Good choice...!

As for the RAM, without reviewing your exact setup, I'd opt for some quality CAS7 1333.....the lower latencies often allow better performance in memory sensitive benchmarks, with 1333 MHZ/CAS7 frequently trump higher clock speed (1600MHz/CAS9)
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December 18, 2010 8:25:24 PM

Well unless your running "Memory sensitive benchmarks", you'll never notice the difference between cas7 and cas9.
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December 18, 2010 8:28:45 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I like this setup and does not seem that anyone has any major concerns about it, so think ill go with it. :D 
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December 18, 2010 10:40:12 PM

mdd1963 said:
Twin 6950s cranked out some impressive gaming benchmark figures, besting a single 570 at only 2/3rds the cost...

6950x2.....Good choice...!

As for the RAM, without reviewing your exact setup, I'd opt for some quality CAS7 1333.....the lower latencies often allow better performance in memory sensitive benchmarks, with 1333 MHZ/CAS7 frequently trump higher clock speed (1600MHz/CAS9)


What the hell? A 6950 is 250$ and a 570 is 350$,

l2 prices
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December 18, 2010 10:48:22 PM

6950 is equal to 570 in sli pretty much cause 570 only seems to scale 80% or so while 6950 scales almost 100%


6950 in crossfire is FAR ahead of a sinhle 570 even 580
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December 18, 2010 10:51:27 PM

mfj1985 said:
6950 is equal to 570 in sli pretty much cause 570 only seems to scale 80% or so while 6950 scales almost 100%


6950 in crossfire is FAR ahead of a sinhle 570 even 580


Ok,

1. Im quoteing this so you cant pretend you didnt write it later.

2.Get the hell of my fourms. A 6950 equals a 570 sli? What are you smoking? Must be some good ***.

The 570 equals a 6970. The 6950 is nowhere close to a 570 sli.

Idiot.

And yeh, the 6950 xfire is ahead of the 580 and the 570. Thats to be expected when you run multiple GPUs at the same budget, the 460 sli owns a 5970 for 200$ less.
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December 18, 2010 11:33:11 PM

Hello mfj1985,

Here my entry for you as I own both the SaberTooth and the i7-950 for you cooler.
The stock cooler with the i7 is not for overclocking at all. It is none the less OK if you stay stock. Unless maybe you run it 24/7 at full capacity, maybe the stock would not be enough. Maybe you could overclock a bit, but I'd rather not.

I suggest you to find an after market CPU fan. Some out there are beast for a relatively good price.
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December 19, 2010 7:17:47 AM

builderbobftw said:
Ok,

1. Im quoteing this so you cant pretend you didnt write it later.

2.Get the hell of my fourms. A 6950 equals a 570 sli? What are you smoking? Must be some good ***.

The 570 equals a 6970. The 6950 is nowhere close to a 570 sli.

Idiot.

And yeh, the 6950 xfire is ahead of the 580 and the 570. Thats to be expected when you run multiple GPUs at the same budget, the 460 sli owns a 5970 for 200$ less.


Relax dude jeez...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-crossfirex...

It might not be equal to, but in 90% of the titles it is within a few % , even beating 570 sli in crysis. Also expect 69xx series to improve more with drivers than 570 series, but we will see. Still seeing 6950 as the best value for 2 gpu setup.

Also this test is at 1920 x 1080, if u run higher resolutions it becomes even closer cause the 6950 has more vram than the 570.

Also here is another review at higher resolutions

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-...

570 sli isnt in it, but 580 sli is, and it even loses to 6950 xfire in some games at higher resi so...
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December 19, 2010 7:20:05 AM

mikuri said:
Hello mfj1985,

Here my entry for you as I own both the SaberTooth and the i7-950 for you cooler.
The stock cooler with the i7 is not for overclocking at all. It is none the less OK if you stay stock. Unless maybe you run it 24/7 at full capacity, maybe the stock would not be enough. Maybe you could overclock a bit, but I'd rather not.

I suggest you to find an after market CPU fan. Some out there are beast for a relatively good price.


Okay thanks, I will look at getting some cooler as well then. Any idea for a good value cooler? Noctua is a little expensive and only plan moderate OC
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December 19, 2010 10:51:00 AM

builderbobftw said:
What the hell? A 6950 is 250$ and a 570 is 350$,

l2 prices


My bad, I didn't realize the 6950's were that expensive out of the gates; weren't they supposed to be $160 cards??

Newegg has them for $299, which is still way too much for a pair of them, IMO
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December 19, 2010 11:40:24 AM

mfj1985 said:
Relax dude jeez...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-crossfirex...

It might not be equal to, but in 90% of the titles it is within a few % , even beating 570 sli in crysis. Also expect 69xx series to improve more with drivers than 570 series, but we will see. Still seeing 6950 as the best value for 2 gpu setup.

Also this test is at 1920 x 1080, if u run higher resolutions it becomes even closer cause the 6950 has more vram than the 570.

Also here is another review at higher resolutions

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-...

570 sli isnt in it, but 580 sli is, and it even loses to 6950 xfire in some games at higher resi so...


Ok, you said that a 6970= 570 sli.

Now youre changing your tune and saying that a 6950 cfx falls in bewteen a 570 sli and a 580 sli, wich is to be expected since the prioce falls in bewteen also
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December 19, 2010 12:31:00 PM

mdd1963 said:
My bad, I didn't realize the 6950's were that expensive out of the gates; weren't they supposed to be $160 cards??

Newegg has them for $299, which is still way too much for a pair of them, IMO


Whaaaat? if the 6870 goes for $240ish why would they sell the 6950 for $160? Theyre actually priced pretty competitively at $300 each.
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December 19, 2010 12:42:49 PM

builderbobftw said:
Ok, you said that a 6970= 570 sli.

Now youre changing your tune and saying that a 6950 cfx falls in bewteen a 570 sli and a 580 sli, wich is to be expected since the prioce falls in bewteen also


I never said anything about a 6970 at all..

I said 6950 and obviously meant 6950 in crossfire not single 6950 vs 570 sli :D 

Also 6950 crossfire doesnt fall in between 570 and 580 in sli, it is a good amount cheaper than both. 6970 is about the same as 570 though.


Anyway any other suggestions ? :) 
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December 19, 2010 3:32:46 PM

mfj1985 said:


Also 6950 crossfire doesnt fall in between 570 and 580 in sli, it is a good amount cheaper than both.



Once again, quoted. The 6970 CFX falls bewteen the 570 SLI and 580 SLI, much clsoer to 570 SLI.

And the 6970 is more than the 570 (25$ more)

This whole string of posts doesnt make sense any way you look at it. The 6970 CFX is not cheaper than the 570 SLI, and th 6950 CFX isnt faster than the 570 SLI.
I dotn understanmd your point here. You also keep mixing up model numbers, which doesnt help.
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December 19, 2010 6:36:48 PM

You are the one who does not make sense.

You said
"Now youre changing your tune and saying that a 6950 cfx falls in bewteen a 570 sli and a 580 sli, wich is to be expected since the prioce falls in bewteen also"

And I replied that 6950 xfire does not fall in between 570 sli and 580 going by price. As 6950 xfire is alot cheaper than both those sli setups?

Anyway not that it matters, it seems like my set up is good to go. Gonna add a cpu cooler though.

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December 19, 2010 6:37:54 PM

mfj1985 said:
You are the one who does not make sense.

You said
"Now youre changing your tune and saying that a 6950 cfx falls in bewteen a 570 sli and a 580 sli, wich is to be expected since the prioce falls in bewteen also"

And I replied that 6950 xfire does not fall in between 570 sli and 580 going by price. As 6950 xfire is alot cheaper than both those sli setups?

Anyway not that it matters, it seems like my set up is good to go. Gonna add a cpu cooler though.


I wrote:

Once again, quoted. The 6970 CFX falls bewteen the 570 SLI and 580 SLI, much clsoer to 570 SLI.

And the 6970 is more than the 570 (25$ more)

This whole string of posts doesnt make sense any way you look at it. The 6970 CFX is not cheaper than the 570 SLI, and th 6950 CFX isnt faster than the 570 SLI.
I dotn understanmd your point here. You also keep mixing up model numbers, which doesnt help.


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At this point, I'm startign to think either youre dyslexic or youre a troll. Look closly, see if you can find a diffrence bewteen youre "Quote" and reality Mkay?

I made it nice and bold so you can see it.

GTX 580 SLI (1000$, preforms very close to 570 SLI and 6970 CFX, but still faster)
Radeon 6970 CFX (750$)
GTX 570 SLI (350$ per card, 700$)
Radeon 6950 CFX (500$-600$)
Radeon 5970, GTX 580, GTX 460 1gb SLI (Radeon 5970 is ((380$-700$)), once again, AMD clearign stock so the occasional deal pops up once in a while. GTX is 500$., the 460s are 160$ ea.
Gtx 570, Radeon 6970 (GTX 350$, Radeon 375$)
Radeon 6950 300$
Radeon 5870 (210$-220$-280$) (AMD clearign stock some deals out there)
Radeon 6870 245$-250$
Gtx 470 (Idk, Should be 185$ though)
GTX 460 1gb, Radeon 6850, Radeon 5850 (150$-180$)
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December 20, 2010 10:58:20 PM

Keep it civil guys.
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