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July 30, 2011 6:05:05 PM

I currently am running crossfire 5770's and I want to go the single card route right now, the cards I am looking at are the 6950-6970 or the 560 ti 570 or 580.. cpu I am running is I7 2600.. res I normally play at is 1920x1080 my crossfire setup can play that with no issues so I don't want to loose performance so will all those cards keep the same performance level or atleast gain some.. the 580 might be a reach since it's still a little pricey.

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July 30, 2011 6:22:29 PM

The 6970 will only be slightly better than the setup you already have. Not really worth it in my opinion. The 6950 will be slightly worse. In fact none of those cards warrant much of an upgrade for the price. The only way to really get noticeably performance would be to crossfire some better cards or wait until AMD and Nvidia release their next generation cards.
Here are the charts:
2011 Cards AvP: =http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics-charts/Aliens-vs.-Predator-Gamer,2667.html
2010 Cards AvP: =http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics-charts-high-quality/Alien-vs-Predator,2457.html
I know its just one game and the settings are slightly different but it gives you a general idea of the performance.
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July 30, 2011 6:26:05 PM

At 1920x1080 display resolution a reference clocked GTX 560 Ti would be slower, however a factory over clocked version, like the MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 1 GB, would be equal to two HD 5770s in 2-way CrossFireX mode.

All of the other cards you have mentioned will be faster than your CrossFired HD 5770s at the resolution you play at.
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July 30, 2011 11:13:12 PM

ok thanks I just dont want to loose any performance by switching to a single card.. example I get 90 fps on black ops at 1920x1080 with my crossfire 5770
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July 31, 2011 1:07:33 AM

All of the cards you listed are better than crossfired HD5770s. You don't need to worry about losing performance.
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July 31, 2011 1:11:36 AM

ok now comes the fun part picking one lol
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July 31, 2011 3:59:58 AM

Actually I forgot you listed the GTX 560 Ti which may be slightly slower if you get a reference model and don't overclock it. Two HD5770s in Crossfire are basically on par with the HD5870. If I remember properly compared to the HD5870 it would have slightly higher average frame rates overall but slightly lower minimum frame rates.
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August 1, 2011 2:02:33 PM

ok thanks for all the info, so if I got the msi gtx 560 ti hawk edition that would be faster then my crossfire setup.. I have narrowed my list down to either the msi 6950 or one of the msi 560 ti cards.
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August 1, 2011 5:33:42 PM

starkiphone said:
ok thanks for all the info, so if I got the msi gtx 560 ti hawk edition that would be faster then my crossfire setup.. I have narrowed my list down to either the msi 6950 or one of the msi 560 ti cards.

What display resolution do you use?
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August 1, 2011 7:01:35 PM

What is the model of the MSI Radeon HD 6950 card you are considering?

If it's the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC then that is the one I would choose.
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August 2, 2011 8:01:21 AM

I'd go with the HD6950 if you want a more sizable upgrade. If you are willing to OC the GTX 560 Ti up to like 1ghz though it would be an ok upgrade. If you really don't want to OC and are just concerned about it not being a downgrade then the Hawk should be fine as well.
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