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Windows 7: Which ATI 6950?

09 Feb 2011   #51

Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
I haven't seen anything like this being reported widespread.
So, I would think you just got unlucky and got a bad card. As we all know, things like this can happen with any hardware.
It's never fun, but just the nature if the game.

The good thing is a replacement should be no issue.

As for me, Ive been putting money back and shopping around a bit. And Im a little bit on the fence now as to which card to go with.
What I mean is, I have always had ATI cards. And my next purchase was going to be the 6950 or possibly the 6970.

But Im actually considering switching to Nvidia this time.

But only for these reasons:

1) The ATI Cards can Eyefinity, and have 2GB of VRAM.
I only run 1 monitor at 1080P, and have no desire to run more than a single Display.
So, Eyefinity, and the extra VRAM really wouldn't be a major point to me, personally.

2) Nvidia offers PhysX, and in the handful of games that do support it, theres a slight advantage there.
Although thier multiple display support is not nearly as good as ATIs with a single card, this doesnt bother me.

3) Performance-wise, the GTX 570 and HD6970 seem to be pretty much equal. At least in overall results.
I know ATI performs better in a few games, but Nvidia does better in others, so about the same overall.

4) Price. The 570 is about $50 more than a 6950, but 25-30 cheaper than a 6970. So kinda in the middle.

Unless theres a better benchmark, that shows a much better advantage to the 6970/50 over the 570 I have missed.

Anyway, thoughts or suggestions on this? Or other points I have failed to realize here that could be added giving advatange to any of the cards listed would be appreciated as well.

In terms of budget, I was going to save up and put back around $300 for the 6950.
But if I hold off another month, I can be in the $350-370 budget, so that puts the GTX 570 and the HD6970 in target range.

Im just looking for a good card that will last me a couple years. Which camp doest matter to me, as much as current feature set and performance.
The way I see it is to go with what you're comfortable with. Honestly I've never used or considered moving to an Nvidia card. That's me.

In the end it just comes down to what you like, what you want, and what you want to do with what you got. If you feel like Nvidia is a better for you go with them. Personally I'm comfortable with ATI/AMD and what they have to offer.

As for the 6970 vs the 6950. I honestly thought about going with a 6970 as price really wasn't a factor so much as what I was going to do with the card. From that standpoint I only have one monitor as well with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 so for me the 6950 works.

My two cents.

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09 Feb 2011   #52

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thats actually a small concern of mine.
Because I am comfortable with ATI cards, and really do not have a issue with them at all.
Ive never had any issues with drivers etc,so, changing over is a bit of gamble in a way.

I still have a bit of time to research and decide though.

It probably wont matter much in the end anyway, seems any of them will be an excellent card and upgrade. :)

BTW, Sygnus ..
Now that you've had it awhile, going from your 4890 --> the 6950 , can you tell a nice overall improvement?
Other than benchmarks?
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09 Feb 2011   #53

Windows 10 Pro

Well I've only had the card less than a week and the only game I'm currently playing is Dead Space 2. Since I started playing it with the 4890 I can't say I've noticed a difference in performance now that I'm finishing the game on the 6950. So with regards to Dead Space I see no difference.

Now, because curiosity is killing me, I do intend to reinstall Crysis, and Metro 2033 and give them a go to see what they do on the card. Stay tuned :)

As far as 2D performance, maybe it's me, but color looks slightly better and text a little crisper. And if you didn't see my WEI score, the graphics/gaming graphics jumped from 7.6 to 7.9! Not that that matters because as you say it's a benchmark.

I'll let you know what I see in Crysis and Metro.

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09 Feb 2011   #54

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Cool, look forward to it.

Although, benchmarks are good, love seeing numbers sometimes knowing if theres is a noticeable difference without them is good too.

My guess is with Metro and Crysis is where youll really notice :)
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12 Feb 2011   #55

Windows 10 Pro

Well I got my replacement in today and as of now no artifacts, though it's early.

Now the good news - I won't be returning the old card till Monday so that gives me a chance to play around with CrossFire

Which ATI 6950?-cross-fire-6950.jpg

I've never played with a crossFire setup so I don't even know where to start

Anyway here's a preliminary test using Unigine Heaven (DirectX11 Benchmarking tool). The first one is a single 6950, the second is CrossFire

Which ATI 6950?-single-6950.jpg Which ATI 6950?-crossfire-6950.jpg

I'll play around a little more this weekend but I may remove the failing card before Monday. Incidentally I've notice no artifacting with either card in this configuration so....

One other thing to note: With hear both cards running. It's not 4890 loud though. But you do notice a difference between having one 6950 vs two.

That's it for now.

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12 Feb 2011   #56

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, congratulations on the properly working card!
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12 Feb 2011   #57

Windows 10 Pro

Yeah thinks. I just took the second card out so I can ship it out Monday. I'm not really into crossfire anyway so I saw no need to keep the setup. Plus the heat and noise didn't impress me.

Anyway the new card seems to be performing much better - meaning no artifacts. This really is a good card :)

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12 Apr 2011   #58
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

time for some porn!

Which ATI 6950?-porn.jpg

my new msi twin frozr ii r6950 - only 7 more than standard card.

(it came 'overclocked': 810 rather than 800 - ridiculous marketing ploy there, msi - should be ashamed of your corporate selves.)

the fans are very quiet and do a damn good job.

only trouble with card is that msi have tweaked it from reference, and (only just found out) so i can't do the bios hack, but with those coolers, overclocking should be easier to keep stable.

had a slight panic when machine wouldn't boot after installation. i left it for a minute, and all was well. :)

quick and dirty benchmarks compared to old 4890:

Which ATI 6950?-benching.png

just over 50% faster - i'm happy with that. using old 10.12 drivers too - maybe newer ones will make it a bit faster still?

haven't tried overclocking yet...hopefully i won't need to for a while.

anyways, i'm off to install new drivers and check out some dx11 titles...see ya!

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12 Apr 2011   #59

Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
only trouble with card is that msi have tweaked it from reference, and (only just found out) so i can't do the bios hack, but with those coolers, overclocking should be easier to keep stable.
Hmmm..... do you know what they did to prevent to BIOS update?

And happy to hear those fans are quiet. BTW is that the 1 or 2gig version?

Mine is the 2gig version. Seems like they changed the fans on the 1gig versions while leaving the 2gigs alone.

Here's a Sapphire 6950 1gig version.....

Which ATI 6950?-sapphire_radeon_hd_6950_1gb_video_card.jpg

Here's my Sapphire 6950 2gig version (lower card).....

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12 Apr 2011   #60

Windows 7

Yeah XFX make premium quality products...go for XFX
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