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Old March 8, 2011, 08:35 AM
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Bleh. $700.00 is way to much for this card. You can get 2 6970's with a higher clocks for less money. I'm pretty disappointed.

Correct me if I'm wrong but, it seems like a safer bet for overclocking on xfire 6970's since you will be within PCIE spec vs. 6990.
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Bleh. $700.00 is way to much for this card. You can get 2 6970's with a higher clocks for less money. I'm pretty disappointed.

Correct me if I'm wrong but, it seems like a safer bet for overclocking on xfire 6970's since you will be within PCIE spec vs. 6990.
Where? The lowest 6970 i can right now is a powercolor reference card thats at $334 (after $20 mir) = 668 dollars + $40 MIR = $708 you have to pay at checkout? The 6990 does outperform 6970s at 30'' and higher resolutions (2560x1600 or eyefinity). Oh, and the powercolor reference card isn't a high OC'er, so its doubtful it would pass the pre-oc'd 6990.
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I'm not buying the disparity between the 6990 and the 5970. In some tests it's twice the performance but I'm sure if the 5970 was overclocked to at least 5870 levels (not exactly overreaching) it would be a closer contest. The 6990 is tailor made for overclocking whereas the 5970 was crippled from the very beginning so I hope eventually there's some results which include an overclocked 5970. It stands to reason some 5970 owners would upgrade if it were worth it. The extra gig of ram though should help big time as the 5970 was really held back with that 1gig ram per gpu.
There are always requests for overclocked results from other cards but unfortunately, they will never be included outside of a dedicated article. It's impossible to compare every card at every possible clock frequency.
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Old March 8, 2011, 08:48 AM
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Where? The lowest 6970 i can right now is a powercolor reference card thats at $334 (after $20 mir) = 668 dollars + $40 MIR = $708 you have to pay at checkout? The 6990 does outperform 6970s at 30'' and higher resolutions (2560x1600 or eyefinity). Oh, and the powercolor reference card isn't a high OC'er, so its doubtful it would pass the pre-oc'd 6990.
The HD 6990 never outperforms two HD 6970 cards.

As for pricing, two HD 6970 cards can be had for $640 after MIR. To me, that's a MUCH better buy than a HD 6990 @ $699.
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The HD 6990 never outperforms two HD 6970 cards.

As for pricing, two HD 6970 cards can be had for $640 after MIR. To me, that's a MUCH better buy than a HD 6990 @ $699.
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Ill admit its not a huge difference, but its one card vs two.
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Great review, not overly impressive results from the HD6990 though. The fact it can only beat the 580 in SLI or the 6970 in crossfire when it is overclocked is not overly impressive by my standards for a single slot dual gpu card. Not to mention the power consumption of that bad boy, and to top it off the very poor driver support there seems to be for launching HD6000 series cards. I'm looking forward to see what Nvidia has to fire back, but the price point of that 6990 bundled with its performance i think AMD lost this round (to its own single gpu card)
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i found the 11.4 Previews already, but where did you get the Cap 11.2 R4's please?
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Ill admit its not a huge difference, but its one card vs two.
Huh? In SKYMTL's testing, not once did it beat 2x 6970 CF'ed at ANY resolution. And I trust his a lot more than anyone else's. If you're going that far afield to try to find something to prove your point, maybe you should consider spending your efforts elsewhere.
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Huh? In SKYMTL's testing, not once did it beat 2x 6970 CF'ed at ANY resolution. And I trust his a lot more than anyone else's. If you're going that far afield to try to find something to prove your point, maybe you should consider spending your efforts elsewhere.
That comment just sounds disrespectful, and I really don't appreciate it. WGSF is probably at the forefront of multi-monitor gaming, with more experience and expertise than Anyone. And my point wasn't really the difference in frames, but that a 6990 does it in one card... with an option to add a second. With a 6970 Xfire setup you'd be hard pressed to get a quad fire board that will perform, not overheat, and still beat a far simpler 2-card 6990 setup.

Again though, these hypothetical situations are for extreme enthusiasts only. But my point is that the 6990 may be an option for them, over a trifire/quadfire 6970/6950 setup.
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Again though, these hypothetical situations are for extreme enthusiasts only. But my point is that the 6990 may be an option for them, over a trifire/quadfire 6970/6950 setup.
I totally agree. That's why I just bought a 6990 from Newegg.ca to go Tri-Fire with my 6970.

1 less waterblock to buy compared to 3X 6970.
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