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July 26, 2011 2:08:48 AM

I'm not sure which card I want.

Asus EAH 6970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus EAH 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Matrix GTX580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R6970 Lightning: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Unfortunately the only ones in stock at newegg.com are the MSI 6950 and the Asus GTX 580.
I will be Crossfire/SLI'ing Any of them. Obviously it will take me longer to sli the gtx 580 as it's a $600 card. I will of course overclock the gpu's as easy as it is but I will keep them at stock clock speeds for every day use.

I am a bit shady on buying an nVidia card because i'm used to ATI quality, ATI software, and ATI performance.
If you guys know where I can buy the other 3 cards that would be nice to know.
Any suggestions are well appreciated.

Current build specs:
Corsair Dominator GT 2000Mhz 6GB

Haf 912 Soon-to-be Haf X
Phenom II X6 1090T soon-to-be Bulldozer 8 core
Asus Crosshair Formula V
HD 6850
Corsair F60
WD CB 1TB
750 Watt soon-to-be Corsair AX-1200

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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 2:20:23 AM

It really depends on what you want/like.I would suggest going with a 6950.The extra money you spend for a 6970 isn't really worth it,imo,if your going to crossfire.The 6970 crossfire only gets about 40fps more than a 6950 crossfire.And if your already getting over 60FPS with a 6950 crossfire why bother with more?

Also you gotta watch for those new Asus models.They take up 3 slots which is sometimes bad for those who have only a dual slot capable mobo for crossfire/SLI.Although that shouldn't be an issue with your Crosshair V.

I would reccomend going with the MSI 6950 Twin Frozr III.The cooling on that card is a little better than the Asus version.As well as it not being a triple slot card.Which will allow for better ventalation of the top card.
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July 26, 2011 2:48:27 AM

I was kind of thinking the same. Hoping I can flash the bios to a 6970. Given that the shaders are there.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 3:11:40 AM

I haven't heard of people flashing the 6950 in a long time.It was rumered that they were going to take out that "glitch"/feature.But i'm sure it's still possible to find one.I just forgot which brand it was that made it.
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July 26, 2011 3:13:38 AM

Fingers crossed haha.
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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 3:28:00 AM

In that price range and card capability you should look into the 560Ti or the gtx 570 as other options. They are both good performers
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 3:42:11 AM

I personally would rather the extra 2G that comes with the 6950/6970.Because I know that I would run eyefinity,if I had the money.
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July 26, 2011 3:45:03 AM

I don't have it in mind to run more then one monitor, but one monitor at full HD running in 3D is a goal.
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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 4:01:08 AM

LCBChef18 said:
I don't have it in mind to run more then one monitor, but one monitor at full HD running in 3D is a goal.

As long as your 1 monitor isnt above 1920x1080 and you do not want more than 1, then you do not need the 2gb of vram which imo is just a marketing ploy. I doubt the 6950/70 even need the 2gb at said options
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July 27, 2011 3:39:43 AM

I would imagine you would for multiple monitor setups. You're rendering 3 1920x1080 screens at the same time.
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2011 6:21:55 AM

LCBChef18 said:

Current build specs:
Corsair Dominator GT 2000Mhz 6GB

Haf 912 Soon-to-be Haf X
Phenom II X6 1090T soon-to-be Bulldozer 8 core
Asus Crosshair Formula V
HD 6850
Corsair F60
WD CB 1TB
750 Watt soon-to-be Corsair AX-1200

Since you already have an HD6850, have you considered buying another one for CF. The 2x6850 performs better than a single HD6950. Added cost will be just a little more than half the price of the 6950.

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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 27, 2011 7:05:30 PM

O yah I didn't see that.Crossfiring a 6850's would be way more powerful that a single 6950.
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July 28, 2011 2:34:19 AM

If i get the 6950 i would buy 2.. at the same time. The only one that would be alone is the gtx 580. Surely 2 6950's would surpass 2 6850's
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 28, 2011 2:38:24 AM

Yes they would and x2 6950's surpass a single GTX580 for the same price.And the 6950 crossfire almost doubles the FPS of a single GTX580.
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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2011 2:52:48 AM

6950 MSI All the way man!
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July 28, 2011 3:07:40 AM

Okay cool thanks guys. Starting to wonder if I NEED to get these or if I should just stay with my 6850, after all it does play 90% of the games at full settings. At this point i'd be doing it for sport :p 
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 28, 2011 3:14:23 AM

Yes.In a more pactical sense I think you would be fine with a 6850 crossfire.That crossfire can max out almost every game.No sense in throwing the card away if you already have one.
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July 28, 2011 3:18:10 AM

I would most likely sell it. You think it'd play BF3? xD (the cf)
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 28, 2011 3:47:01 AM

I think with a new processor it should easily be able to max out BF3.It seem that BF3 is really CPU demanding.
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July 28, 2011 6:21:48 AM

LCBChef18 said:
I don't have it in mind to run more then one monitor, but one monitor at full HD running in 3D is a goal.


If your goal is 3D gaming, then definitely go with an Nvidia card. The 6950/70's are limited by AMD's 3D support, which includes a max resolution of 720p and you have to use 3rd party software.

Of your options, the 580 is by far the better choice for your goal. However, I'd recommend two 560ti's for about the same cost and much higher performance in most cases.

I have been able to compare both Nvidia and AMD in 3D, and Nvidia has a much better offer.

A couple of these would be my choice (or comparable offer): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 4, 2011 2:54:11 AM

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