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Ok i'm looking for a new GPU. I want to stick with a ATI card. Something that can be over clocked. My current cards are 2x HD 5750's running with cross fire. Their temps in the recently are getting rather hot (50C+ under heavy loads) since i have them over clocked. As well i find my self having to run on really low settings for games like Rift and Aion.

Now I would like to get it put on my water loop or at least a secondary loop to help with cooling it since the fans are always noisy at max speed with little kooling boost.

At the moment i have about $300 to blow per card. I was looking for something from the HD 6xxxx series, but have not been able to make up my mind. So i though I would as for input from everyone here. thanks.
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If you have $300 to blow, and want to stick to AMD/ATI cards, then you'll want the 6950.

Here's my favorite one from this series: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-562-_-Product

But since you'll be watercooling, you'll probably want one that doesn't come with a fancy air cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-389-_-Product
 
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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
if you have $300 to blow, and want to stick to amd/ati cards, then you'll want the 6950.

Here's my favorite one from this series: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...-562-_-product

but since you'll be watercooling, you'll probably want one that doesn't come with a fancy air cooler: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...-389-_-product
+1

Shop round here on OCN, you will definitely find a reference 6950 for ~220 to water cool.
 
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Whats your opinion on reference vs non reference cards?

Some are saying the reference cards are blowing the 6970's out of the water and others are saying it's a about the same.

What about even going to reference 6970? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127554
Edited by Pyromanci - 5/16/11 at 12:37pm
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If you got the money to boot, that 6970 (or a pair of those) are pretty nice. If you have smaller budget (like me), 6950 fits the bill real nice. The reference 6950 seems to be very hard to come by and if I remember right, those are what you need to water cool (full block).
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OK so i went with the card i linked. At the moment just one of them. once i sell off my 2 older cards I'll get a second one. Now anyone have any references on how to upgrade the bios to the 6990's? I'm looking and can't really see any. Though i could be completely over looking it.
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I have seen where people have tried using the 6970 BIOS on 6950 cards and failed. I doubt you can flash the 6970 to 6990.
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