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Windows 7: Which ATI 6950?

17 Jan 2011   #1
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Which ATI 6950?

Well I have a birthday coming up in a few weeks and decided that I want a 6950 to upgrade my aging 4890.

Looking at newegg.com (Newegg.com - ati 6950) I see various models all going for about the same price $299. Outside of VisionTek, had bad experience with their RMA dept, which one should I get. My current card is made by XFX and that's where I'm leaning with the 6950.

Not interested in Nvidia so no need in suggesting.

Thoughts???


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17 Jan 2011   #2
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

If you're interested in Overclocking, get the ASUS one.

If not, XFX all the way.

Double lifetime warranty FTW.
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17 Jan 2011   #3
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't bother paying for the out-of-the-box overclocked cards, they're not worth it.
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17 Jan 2011   #4
stew2

 

sygnus21 just curious as to why your not interested in an nvidia card.

I just upgraded from an ati hd5770 to a gtx460 and i think its a quality card. It runs far cooler than the ati card, less noise, the control panel software has a load of better options and its far more powerfull. Its just better

But anyway if i was you id look at the gtx570 or 580.
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17 Jan 2011   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You probably know my response already


Sapphire.


I've had excellent luck out of all of the ones Ive had (which about 5), and have stuck with them.

Sadly, I have nothing good or bad I can say about their customer service, because Ive never needed them.
I guess that is a good thing in and of itself.


From the looks of it, they all seem to still be reference cards.
Hopefully each vendor will start releasing their own customized versions soon, if its worth it to wait a bit for that to you.


Ill be doing this upgrade myself soon.
The only thing I have decided on is Brand. But whether or not to with a 6950 or the 6970 is still a bit in the air.

From the looks of the 6950 doesnt really have any competition in its price range.
Then next step up is between 6970 & GTX 570 ...

Im not sure either of these 2 offer enough of a advantage to justify the extra cost though ....
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17 Jan 2011   #6
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The reason why you want a 6950 is because you can flash the BIOS to make it run as a 6970, giving you a $370 card for $280. That's why.
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17 Jan 2011   #7
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stew2 View Post
sygnus21 just curious as to why your not interested in an nvidia card.
Personal preference. Not saying anything is wrong with Nvidia but I just prefer ATI. Thanks.

As for the 6950's....

Yeah, I'm not sure I'd be willing to do an out of the box overclocked card, but i'm not opposed to one either, as long as the warranty is good.

What I'm looking at is the goodies that come with different manufacturers. I've had VisionTek, and XFX cards.

Unfortunately I've had the bad pleasure of dealing with VisionTek's RMA service which was less than professional, and I vowed to never touch their products again. So no VisionTek.

XFX looks good but I've heard some good things about HIS and Sapphire so I'm wondering about those.

One thing that will persuade me though is that I prefer a black or red card, not a blue one - so HIS might be out.

I’ve also heard some good things about the Gigabyte card - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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17 Jan 2011   #8
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
From the looks of it, they all seem to still be reference cards.
Hopefully each vendor will start releasing their own customized versions soon, if its worth it to wait a bit for that to you.
Yeah, that's why I'm asking for advice, but if no one has released any customized cards yet, then it's just a matter of choosing a brand name.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
The only thing I have decided on is Brand. But whether or not to with a 6950 or the 6970 is still a bit in the air.
Yeah we were in another thread where I was asking if the 6970 was worth it over the 6950. For me I think my wallet would be very happy with a 6950, though my heart is still undecided

I guess I won't know until I actually click the "buy" button
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17 Jan 2011   #9
stew2

 

"Personal preference. Not saying anything is wrong with Nvidia but I just prefer ATI. Thanks."

So did i till i got this card lol.

But anyway iv had sapphire and xfx ati cards and i prefered the sapphire cards..................................................................................... ............................................................................................although they are not patch on nvidia
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17 Jan 2011   #10
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlackerITGuy View Post
If you're interested in Overclocking, get the ASUS one.

If not, XFX all the way.

Double lifetime warranty FTW.
Ditto that.
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