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December 30, 2010 3:41:59 PM

Hi I'm able to obtain a 5970 used video card with one year warranty remaining at 50 USD more than the cost of a brand new 6970 in my country. Which video card should I go for? Assuming efficiency in power usage, heat, noise and the fact that I'm only gaming at 1920x1080 resolution

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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 3:49:17 PM

5970 is a helluva card, it will out preform a 6970...

that said as it has 2 gpu's it will as i imagine you know already use more power, create more heat and liekly more noise than a 6970

gaming at 1920 x 1080 really either should be more than sufficient
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a c 365 U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 5:01:56 PM

The HD 6970 should be more than enough for gaming @ 1920 x 1080.

The HD 5970 is more powerful and can push games @ 2560 x 1600. It has two GPUs so it uses more electricity, probably more noise and produces more heat than the HD 6970.

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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 5:03:25 PM

If you don't know an HD6950 can unlock into an HD6970 which is probably your best choice for the money.
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December 30, 2010 8:52:05 PM

okay i found out that a brand new 6970 in my country actually costs 420USD, while a 6950 costs around 310 USD. A used 5970 is going for around 390USD. So technically I should go for the 6950 due to the unlocking process right? Read up on it and quite interested in its potential
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 9:00:52 PM

You should. I would pick the 6950 IMO. Maybe wait a month though for non-reference coolers such as the directcu or Twin Frozr to come out. Since both will keep the unlocked card cooler than the reference by quite a bit.
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December 30, 2010 9:04:46 PM

oh okay thanks for all the suggestions...shall be deciding soon haha cuz I just sold my 5850
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 6:41:38 AM

Its always preferable to get a single-GPU card since dual - GPU cards are not very well optimized.
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 7:19:08 AM

Its always preferable to get a single-GPU card since dual - GPU cards are not very well optimized. said:
Its always preferable to get a single-GPU card since dual - GPU cards are not very well optimized.


are you living under a rock?
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 7:34:56 AM

^ and you'll be playing at the minimum frame rate of 1 or @ the average framerate of 38.6?

and since this 5970 happens to hit 1fps as minimum on a single game, we brand " dual - GPU cards are not very well optimized." so suddenly? i've seen rubbish before, but yours is in the top 5 of my list.
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 7:40:55 AM

wh3resmycar said:
^ and you'll be playing at the minimum frame rate of 1 or @ the average framerate of 38.6?

and since this 5970 happens to hit 1fps as minimum on a single game, we brand "GPU cards are not very well optimized." so suddenly? i've seen rubbish before, but yours is in the top 5 of my list.


Care to explain why a 500$ card is slower than a 180$ one?

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....... remember that the Radeon HD 5970 2GB still costs upwards of £490 and that it has the significant drawback of depending upon drivers to unlock all of its potential performance.


Or is it because microstuttering is of no importance to you?

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While the HD 5970 2GB also put in some impressive numbers at 1,920 x 1,200, we encountered serious micro-stuttering at 2,560 x 1,200, meaning that the game was unplayable.

Source: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/11/09/nv...
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 7:53:02 AM

oh so you're in the business of graph selection. hmmm.. let me try it.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/11/09/nvidia-geforce-gtx-580-review/7

from your link btw. care to explain why in a more graphical demanding game, bfbc2, the 5970 shines? (read the note below the page).

here's another example of how unoptimized dual cards can be.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/11/09/nvidia-geforce-gtx-580-review/4

oh look, neck and neck with a gtx580. crikey.

your statement could've made sense if we're talking about the 7950gx2/3970x2.
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2010 8:02:29 AM

Where does it shine in BFBC2 when you turn on AA at full HD? And the note below states that microstuttering makes the game unplayable on a 5970 so your point is? :pfff: 

wh3resmycar said:


from your link btw. care to explain why in a more graphical demanding game, bfbc2, the 5970 shines? (read the note below the page).



You're almost saying as if the 5970 shines because of microstuttering. :lol: 
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