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Oh! Baby. Sapphire 6950 for $200 on Newegg

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April 30, 2012 8:56:24 AM

I was looking for this one 4 months ago when building my new rig. It was sold ($250) out everywhere so I got the 560ti instead. Now it's $200 with promo code for 48 hours. Geez, I would get 2 of these right now if NV hasn't been teasing me about the new Kepler 670/670ti comming in May (as so I've heard).

This card runs pretty good based on Newegg reviews. What do you guys think?

I have saved up about $400 for a new card and this deal is so tempting.
April 30, 2012 9:38:34 AM

No doubt the 7870 is a great card but I think it's a bit overpriced, especially when it's factory clock to 1Ghz. I notice that high end cards all have low core clocks and lower core clock means stability and less heat. I just think that because they manufacture these cards (78xx) on new 28nm technology doesn't mean they can raise the clock on the same amount of cores of the last gen and call it faster. It's supposed to be cooler with newer tech. No wonder nVidia used their midrange GK104 chip and raised the core clock then called it an high end (GTX680).

Well, may be I'll get the 7870 only if it cost less than $320. Right now it's $360 on Newegg but I know this price will come down in a month. $40 is not much but I can feel better about the performance I get for the price I pay when compare to other cards (e.g 6850, 6870).
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April 30, 2012 9:51:12 AM

if u cant wait then hd 6950 cf in $400 [as u said there one is of $200] would be an good upgrade and somewhat performs like hd 7970:) 
April 30, 2012 11:24:14 AM

Thanks for the feedback, sunnk. And of course I would be happy with the 7870 too :)  but I always look at performance/price. I guess I'll wait as of right now I have the 560 ti in my rig, OCed to 1000/2000/2300 @1.75v. It runs pretty good on BF3 averaging 40+ fps but I don't know why I always have the urge (whenever money in my pocket) for something better. Anyway, $200 for the Sapphire Radeon 6950 what a sweet deal. I wonder if this version can be flashed to 6970 that would be awesome.
April 30, 2012 11:28:23 AM

And here is the promo code in case someone may want it.

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a c 84 U Graphics card
April 30, 2012 11:31:29 AM

which sapphire hd 6950 is of $200 can you give me the link
a c 289 U Graphics card
April 30, 2012 11:33:52 AM

HD 6950 isn't an upgrade over your highly overclocked GTX 560 Ti. HD 6950 does not overclock as well. Also, if you want performance now, get a second GTX 560 Ti. However, if you want to wait, nvidia will have its new cards soon :) 
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April 30, 2012 11:40:12 AM

Sunius said:
HD 6950 isn't an upgrade over your highly overclocked GTX 560 Ti. HD 6950 does not overclock as well. Also, if you want performance now, get a second GTX 560 Ti. However, if you want to wait, nvidia will have its new cards soon :) 


+1 for another gtx 560ti.

but what you said there that hd 6950 doesnt overclock or hd 6950 doesnt overclock well as gtx 560ti.
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April 30, 2012 11:54:25 AM

sunnk said:
+1 for another gtx 560ti.

but what you said there that hd 6950 doesnt overclock or hd 6950 doesnt overclock well as gtx 560ti.


It does not overclock as well as GTX 560 Ti, so GTX 560 Ti will be higher in performance than HD 6950.
April 30, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Oh, it's $199.99 to be exact. This is OC version.
I still wonder anybody had successfully flashed 1 of these to 6970 because I've heard that they had locked down the BIOS.
April 30, 2012 12:19:18 PM

I just love the way Saphire has done with the HSF on this card, 5 shinny copper heat pipes and 2 quiet fans. I just wish Saphire smooth the base of their HS a little bit more. I know this because I had reapplied TIM on 2 Saphires for my customers as requested. You can see and feel the arc marks left by a big endmill or fly cutter but Saphire GPU fan is one of the most quiet I've seen (heard).
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