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Advice on upgrading to 6950 1GB

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March 14, 2011 6:39:44 PM

Hi guys, recently i sent back an older model of the vapor-x 5770 (bad ram supposedly) i got a full refund but it was store credit...now i'm looking at the same site to buy myself another vapor-x 5770 when i decided to type in 6950 into the site...for only £40 more (including store credit) i can get the sapphire 6950 1GB version...i have looked online and i have seen a huge result of praise towards this card...i can fit and handle the card without any issues i'm completely sorted if i decided to move to this card.

my only issue is i tend to leave a card in the market for a while before i buy it so i have a good idea if it works...the 6950s haven't really been in circulation that long i think...

i'm just slightly cautious about buying this card...it's an insane bargain and i'm planning to buy it but i wanted to get your opinions on it:

is it a good card?
are there any compatibility issues with it?
any crashes or is the card faulty in general?

i liked my 5770 as it did me well and overclocked like a dream also it was reliable.

i'm currently on my xfx ati 4850 xxx version (it's my backup card for emergencies)and it gives me all kinds of grief with new games like Black Ops or Bad Company 2 (stripped screen of death & insane amount of crashes). it's fine with older games like cod4 & WaW etc. it's down to the factory line i found out after much researching (my pc is in perfect order)...i don't really want to jump from this crazy 4850 to a 6950 if it's going to be having the same issues when playing games

sorry for the long post guys...what do you think is the 6950 reliable and good...or should i go back to the 5770 as i know it is reliable

thanks
-Jason
March 15, 2011 7:05:58 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
6950 is about 2x faster than 5770,so you'll see a huge boost in performance by upgrading from 5770 to 6950.
Unless you play at 1280x1024,definitely get the 6950,it's well worth it
March 15, 2011 9:17:17 AM

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Hello and welcome to the forums
6950 is about 2x faster than 5770,so you'll see a huge boost in performance by upgrading from 5770 to 6950.
Unless you play at 1280x1024,definitely get the 6950,it's well worth it


excellent! no i play at 1920x1080. so i guess this card is ideal then

i knew coming to you guys would be a good idea :D 

thank you for the swift response looking forward to it arriving :D 
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March 15, 2011 11:57:50 AM

No prob :)  hope you enjoy it
March 16, 2011 11:24:06 AM

I have the 6950 2GB version is it is beast. The only real diff is the extra 1GB of ram and that I can unlock shaders, but that isn't an "issue".

You have a very good chance of being able to over lock your 6950 a ton.

My 6950 2GB has stock speeds of 800/1250 and I'm running stable at 915/1375 without even a voltage bump. Theoretically, I should be using less wattage than a 6970 while outperforming one.

Your biggest limitation with the 1GB version will be AA, since higher AA consumes more memory.

Right now, I play BC2 with everything maxed, MSAA2x, hbao off, and my GPU is at 60% load @ 50fps most of the time. I play Team Fortress 2 at 8xAA @ ~40% GPU.
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