What's Happening to all the 6000 series?

Hello all,

I was finally ready for my final stage for upgrading my 2011 PC build with two new 6970s in CF - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161382 - but for some reason they are all being deactivated from Newegg's website. All Newegg have now for 6970s are these four http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901%20600095874&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206970. Thinking that I will be stuck with my ASUS 6850 since the 7000 series are designed for PCIe 3.0 or is AMD planning on coming out with 7000 series that are 2.1 compatible?

Also came across a few other sites that are still selling the HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Turbo, 2GB GDDR5 like www.computermakler.com. Wondering if this is a trustworthly site to buy hardware from?
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  1. PCIe 3.0 cards are compatible with PCIe 1.0 and 2.0 slots so no you are not stuck by any means and if you are worried about bandwidth remember that the 7970 doesn't get much benefit from PCIe 3.0 slots (1-5% improvement over 2.0). So feel free to buy a 7000 series card and enjoy.
  2. EOL. 7 series is out so no more need to make 6 series cards. Nothing new here.

    As mentioned if you have a PCIe 2.0 board you can use a 3.0 card.
  3. Excellent! Now my next concern is power usage. Will my year old CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W is enough to power two of the 7000 series in CF?
  4. Which two?

    Most likely yes. The new 7 series is very power efficient so unless your 750 has seen a lot of abuse you should be fine. You might want to worry if you are getting two or three 7970s and OCing them, but the only thing I see you having a possible issue with is two 7970s. (250W cards IIRC, so 500W just for them, and your normal 100W quad means 600W. If you do any OCing you might run into issues.)
  5. I never OCed any of my hardware...If I can get away with running these two in Crossfire - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131458 - I will run them at their stock settings. (At least until I an get a 900-1000W) Also is there a program like Core Temp that monitors the temps and usage of your Power Supply Unit?
  6. Your 750w Corsair should be just dandy for CF . . . at least from what I've seen.


    edit: Even OC'ing, I haven't seen where you might need more 'juice'
  7. May have to also upgrade to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034 - but if this current system can handle the PowerColor cards in CF and no OCing than that would save me $215. Just hope the 750W does not go out on me in the long run do to stress.

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
    ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX
    ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2GB (soon to be upgraded)
    CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 16GB DDR3 1600
    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R x2
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
    NZXT Phantom Black Steel
    Windows 7 64 Ultimate
  8. Also (a little off topic) I will add an SDD drive when the prices go down a litte more - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233220 - but I'm sure it won't use that much power either....hopefully
  9. I would suggest a single 7970 over 2x6970's. A single 7970 is nearly as powerful as 6970 in CF.

    The advantages are lower cost as 2 6970's will cost $600+, DX11.1, lower power usage, and way more performance later with a second 7970.
  10. LOWER POWER USAGE!! Sounds like a winner to me...Thanks Elbert
  11. Will most likey go with this card and will get a 2nd card for Xmas

    PowerColor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131465
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