Will the 6950 run any game at max specs?

Shilalydawg

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Will the 6950 let me run any game to to date and many to come at 1080p on a single monitor without overclocking and such? I want to be able to take full advantage of the games' graphics. In other words, I don't want to meet the min specs, I want the MAX specs possible and will the 6950 run that?
 
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I could guaranteed that you could play every game that release till this day with max spec with a 6950. But I can`t guarantee you could had every game run with a 60fps (max setting, 16x AA, 1080p). There`s several game that really GPU depending (like Crysis, Metro 2033, and several dx11 game). Here some benchmark page that I come to know about 6950:

http://www.techspot.com/review/349-amd-radeon-6950/page10.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-radeon-hd-6950-cayman,2818-16.html

So are you satisfy with the fps at 1080p on a game you wanna play? If don`t, then try a better graphic card or you could turn down the resolution or AA. I do have same vision like you too: MAX detail. But I don`t really care about the...

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I could guaranteed that you could play every game that release till this day with max spec with a 6950. But I can`t guarantee you could had every game run with a 60fps (max setting, 16x AA, 1080p). There`s several game that really GPU depending (like Crysis, Metro 2033, and several dx11 game). Here some benchmark page that I come to know about 6950:

http://www.techspot.com/review/349-amd-radeon-6950/page10.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-radeon-hd-6950-cayman,2818-16.html

So are you satisfy with the fps at 1080p on a game you wanna play? If don`t, then try a better graphic card or you could turn down the resolution or AA. I do have same vision like you too: MAX detail. But I don`t really care about the resolution and AA. So it`s back to your consideration: Sacrifice the fps to had MAX detail in every way, or sacrifice the resolution and AA to have 60fps and MAX detail.

But, I do say 6950 is`nt a bad card. Think about the money you must spend and result you could gain. Hope this help.
 
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Shilalydawg

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Both of these were helpful and from what i'm reading everywhere, if I unlock the card it basically behaves like a 6970 and I get good results. But I'm still unsure between the two.
EDIT: Btw I'm talking the 2GB not the 1GB if that makes a difference.
 

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From what I read, VRAM take a bigger difference in bigger resolution. In other word, there won`t be a huge difference if you play in small resolution with a same GPU but different VRAM (example: 4870 512Mb and 4870 1Gb).

BTW, I don`t know how to unlock the GPU shaders, but if you know it`s safe and won`t heat the GPU in a dangerous way, then go for 6950. $50 is something you should consider. But, from what I heard, my friend say something that he could unlock a core but needing an extra power. So I suggest you calculate the power that need to draw from PSU if you unlock the shaders (if true unlocking shader need an extra power).
 
Only a few games can take advantage of the extra 1GB and even then it's often with AA and AF. As far as unlocking the extra shaders there are a few guides to make custom BIOS images for the 6950. You don't want to flash right to a 6970 since your 6950 may have lower speced RAM. It's best to unlock the cores first and then try to over clock it to 6970 or higher specs.