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Hi, I'm pretty set on buying a 6950 for an upgrade, and I was wondering what are you guys' thoughts about the different manufacturers/vendors and their specific cards in terms of value, and their abilities to overclock and unlock if possible. Thanks
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All the ref ones are pretty much the same, I got the sapphire one simply because I like sapphire and you get all sorts of goodies in the box like hdmi cables, adapters, etc. They seem to be good about giving you everything you need.

For non ref MSI tf2 or tf3 is good. Gigabyte's ultra durables could in theory oc better.
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I am running HIS 6950 and they unlocked (shaders only) and overclocked to 920/1400 on stock volts. So pretty happy with them. Do not know about customer service and hope I do not have to find out. They do squeal when folding - otherwise cannot hear them.
But really you cannot go wrong with Saphire, Asus, MSI. MSI's Twin froz III got some good feedback if you are going to run single card.
If you can find a original reference design, it has 99% chance of unlocking. Non-ref are hit or miss. Someone with non-ref experience will have to chime in.
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Are reference boards still being sold mainstream on lets say Newegg perhaps?
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Though personal preference is an issue here, I will tell you my experiences with manufactures, as well as our community experiences.

First of all, don't ever, ever buy an XFX card. A quick search about XFX on this forum will tell you why in detail, but tl;dr, their RMA is horrible, the chance of you getting faulty parts is higher than other manufactures.

Sapphire is a well known, top of the list, so their cards are pretty great, though sometimes a bit price-ier.

Asus is also very good, I owned this 6850 for a pretty long time, no problems at all, support is also good. Their motherboards are awesome too, for your info.

Gigabyte is also good...blah blah.

You know what? Just go with a Sapphire, or Asus, Or Gigabyte, or something that is not XFX. Do you have any preference from the past?
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Well I do have some preferences from past experience, but I think I'd rather make this choice based on specific cards rather than doting on the past.
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I would choose Asus or Sapphire.
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