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Topic Title: 6950 or 6970 or 6950 CF?
Topic Summary: General questions and concerns about upgrading my video card
Created On: 12/16/2010 05:03 AM
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 12/16/2010 05:03 AM
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TigerEmerald
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Greetings all and happy holidays! As the title suggests I'm looking to upgrade my system's graphics, but I have a few questions and concerns.

1. Would the 6970 or even the 6950 be bottle necked by my system? I recall reading somewhere that the i7-920 bottlenecked the 5870.

2. Does the 6000 series support 3D gaming?

3. Is it possible to Crossfire a 6970 with a 6950, much as it had been with the GPUs of the 5970?

I've currently ordered a 6970, but I'm looking to cancel the order and purchase a 6950 and eventually crossfire it with another 6950. However, if the 70 and the 50 can crossfire again, I may consider keeping the 6970.

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The most graphically intensive game I play right now is Starcraft II's custom game Desert Strike which knocks my graphics down to 2 FPS when the near 1000 unit battles begins. Also Age of Conan RoGS, which I only get 2 FPS in general on.

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CPU: i5-750 4.0 Ghz
GPU: Sapphire 4870
RAM: Corsair 1600 4 gbs
Mobo: Asus H55
 12/16/2010 02:39 PM
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Hi TigerEmerald.

1. I wouldn't think so, the i5's are pretty quick, especially OC'd @ 4.0GHz. How's your RAM? I could be wrong, since I've never read the article you're referring to... any chance you could find it?

2. Yup: linky

3. I'm not confident that they would work together. You used to be able to do a 4850 with a 4870, but they both had 800 shaders. These are different cards, and I don't think they would. I could be wrong, but I can't find any info on someone having run a 6850 and 6870 together in Hybrid Crossfire. I'd probably stick with the 6850, see if framerates are good enough (they should be great), and if someday you need more horsepower, buy another 6850, which by that point in time should be significantly cheaper.

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 12/16/2010 02:53 PM
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Canis-X
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He is talking about the most recent released cards from the 6900 series. I wouldn't think that there would be a problem crossfiring the two, but your 6970 might down-clock to the 6950's speeds. That being the case you may just want to go with two 6950's instead.

Edit:

ATI has not updated their chart yet, link. It looks like the 5870 would not crossfire with the 5850's so I would take a guess and say that will be the same for the 6970's and 6950's.

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 12/17/2010 08:43 AM
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Hardwood
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Originally posted by: Canis-X
It looks like the 5870 would not crossfire with the 5850's


Umm, it reads they recommend 5970,5870's and 5850's stick together but the three different cards will xfire with interconnect.

To the OP, money wise I'd stick with whichever is the 2GB version and consider Xfiring it later for 3D and Eyefinity.

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 12/19/2010 07:00 PM
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TigerEmerald
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I've decided to get the 6950 ! Thank you all for your help
 12/19/2010 11:25 PM
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Originally posted by: Hardwood

Umm, it reads they recommend 5970,5870's and 5850's stick together but the three different cards will xfire with interconnect.


Most people equate CrossFire with the cable. CrossFire Interconnect is not the same and most likely will not scale as well as with the cable....Thanks for bringing it up though.

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