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Hello. I am in the process of building my first PC and I am deciding what GPU I should choose. My 2 choices are the PowerColor PCS+ AX6970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131394

or the ASUS EAH6970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=asus%206970

I am leaning towards the PowerColor but just want some input before pulling the trigger. Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 6
It really depends on what you want.

Asus:
  • It'll run cooler.
  • Better aesthetics.
  • I've never dealt with PowerColor's RMA/support before, but Asus' is generally always helpful.

PowerColor:
  • Comes 940Mhz core clock stock while Asus' comes at 890Mhz core clock stock, also comes at 1425Mhz memory clock stock while Asus' comes at 1375 memory clock stock.
post #3 of 6
Performance wise, you won't see a drastic difference. Just go with the one that offers the best warranty and support, and make sure that the warranty is honored as I've heard some companies not sticking to what they promise.

I would vote for the Asus.
post #4 of 6
You can assume roughly 10 fps per 100Mhz of increase in core clock. Memory has much less effect on FPS. So, out the box, the PCS may have a little more performance. But honestly, I would go with whichever is cheaper. I am sure you can overclock the ASUS to 940 with ease.
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post #5 of 6
A little off, but if I were you, I'd grab a 2gb 6950 and unlock it to a 6970...it'll save some money and perform about the same as a stock 6970. A quality build like one of these won't disappoint:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-928-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-562-_-Product

Both of those are great cards from reputable companies. Just something to consider.
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Seems like Twin Froz II have issues unlocking. A few threads in the AMD/ATI section. I would stay away from that if you are planning on unlocking in the future. Twin Froz III however does have high success rate of unlocking. Do not have any idea about the Saphire.
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