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Old January 17, 2011, 07:44 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. Exactly what I was thinking.

Also, in response to Dan, I have cleaned the cards thoroughly. That is not the issue. Cards are running too hot, fans dying, and cards can't handle games that they used to be able to rip through. There's no point in waiting for 6950's to drop by 50-100 dollars. That $100 isn't going to make or break me. They are great bang for the buck, even if my res currently won't really push the card. That's ok with me. I'd rather have more power under the hood than I currently need than just enough to get by. :)

Yeah its a good call, I've got an XFX one on the way. Same scenerio really. Dead card in my rig, only a 16X9 monitor but its a good path, and if I get some crazy res monitor cheap, I can X-fire safely in it.

Thanks for the additional info, that does help a lot.
I think its the best path for you really.

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The 6950 will be an excellent card that will treat you well. It is definitely overkill at your resolution, but that isn't always a bad thing. You could either stay single card (not have to crossfire) and put the money toward a new monitor, accept your video card is more than you need with your monitor and enjoy games that are going to come out without worry of having fps fall through the floor, or step down a notch to a 6850/6870 (which will still run very well at your resolution) and keep the extra money for something else. Any of those options obviously have the option of crossfire later.

My vote goes to the 6950, if its in your budget, and deal with a monitor, crossfire, and anything else when it becomes a factor. There is always something new around the corner, but when you need something you need something. By making the decision now (while your 4850s are still running) you can shop around and wait for a good deal.
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6950 would be excellent but at his resolution of 1680x1050 a 1gb frame buffer makes more sense and it just so Happens that AMD is releasing 1gb 6950 and 6970 gpus to fill in the price gap below the 570
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6950 would be excellent but at his resolution of 1680x1050 a 1gb frame buffer makes more sense and it just so Happens that AMD is releasing 1gb 6950 and 6970 gpus to fill in the price gap below the 570
Interesting. I didn't know that. Does AMD have any sort of release date in mine for these 1gb versions or is that an unknown at this point?
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Interesting. I didn't know that. Does AMD have any sort of release date in mine for these 1gb versions or is that an unknown at this point?
If there is a planned card like that (I haven't heard a peep) than it probably is under strict NDA which means we may never know until they lift the release date NDA.

However, if you are considering getting a much bigger monitor, it would still make more sense to me to stick with the 2GB version in plans for the future.

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HIS Intros Radeon HD 6950 1 GB Fan Edition Graphics Card | techPowerUp

HIS 6950 Fan 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2xDVI/HDMI/2xMini DP < HD 6900 Series < Desktop Graphics < Products | HIS Graphic Cards

Lower Cost Cayman Cards with 1GB of Memory Spotted Online | Maximum PC

not under NDA its all over the net just need to google search lol seems Sapphire will be the first ones to actually hit the market tho
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Nice, didn't get the chance to google it , so no harm no foul. Good information to know.


Though I do stick by my original thought of the 2GB card.

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yea 2gb is a must for future titles especially at 1920x1200 with games like Metro 2033 eating 1450mb or so on max settings but for the most part were still stuck with console ports so 1gb of ram will still be viable untill there replaced aka 2014 as mentioned by Microsoft.
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dont even look at the 1gb 69 series. they will price them a bit cheaper, but later on youll hate yourself hehe :)

cool with the cards, let them rest then.
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I suggest getting a single GTX 570.

IMO I would not suggest running dual 6950 in your rig just because the rest of your rig will hold you back (ie 9450 at 3.2) especially at your current res. I would look at finding a single replacement card that will carry you though to the end of your systems longevity. A single 6950 will also basically be able to do that but I am not a fan of their drivers personally.
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