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Hey guys, I'm building a new computer soon, and I have allocated a budget of $300 for a gpu. I decided on the 2gb 6950.
I understand that you can unlock them, but getting reference boards that work these days are rare, so I don't really care. Plus, it doesn't seem the jump from a 6950 to a 6970 is that big at all.

So, I see there are a lot of different models for the 6950, and I'm a bit lost as to what to get. I know I have a $300, but if I don't have to spend that much, then I won't want to. I could use the money saved on something else like getting a better monitor and etc.

I am looking to overclock my card, and I'm hoping that the card isn't too loud. The thing is, I don't know how good these non reference designs are. I really am at a loss. I require your guys help!

Here is a list of cards from Newegg. Of course, I can buy from anywhere that ship within the U.S
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The best non-reference design would be the Twin Frozr III and the Direct CU II.

Both are extremely quiet, extremely cool, and overclock like a champ.
    
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The MSI TwinFrozr 3 is usually considered the best
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I second the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III as an owner of said card
    
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post #5 of 14
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Hmm, that is exactly at $300, and $285 AR.

Is it really necessary to spend that much? Overclocking isn't even an issue if I can save money. More of noise factor.


Although.....its tempting o.o
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post #6 of 14
Well HIS 6950 2GB is only $229.99 AR on Amazon and Newegg... I would go for it.
post #7 of 14
TF III is one of the best from what on review sites. But I'm kind of on budget so I went with the XFX 6950. Just need a GPU that would last me for a while. And I love the double Lifetime warranty. So my vote goes for TF III or XFX. IMO.

This one to be exact:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tent-_-text-_-
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Hmm, that is exactly at $300, and $285 AR.

Is it really necessary to spend that much? Overclocking isn't even an issue if I can save money. More of noise factor.


Although.....its tempting o.o
Go for it. At stock speeds, you can keep that card very quiet. I own the 6970 version.
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post #9 of 14
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Is it really that good? Still iffy about the whole $300 thing, but if it is really that good, then I guess its worth it.

How would the HIS compare? It is significantly cheaper. Just can't tell if it is noisy or not.

As long as its quieter than a reference cooler, than it doesn't really matter to me. I've owned a reference 2900xt for 4 years lol.

Or this Sapphire?

I'm sort of leaning towards the HIS or Sapphire at this point, as I don't really see the need to spend $300 on a 6950 when there are cheaper options by a wide margin.
Edited by Lettuceman - 6/12/11 at 2:11pm
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post #10 of 14
I would go with the Asus Direct CU II over the Frozr III myself for the simple fact in all the reviews I've seen comparing the two the DCU II runs cooler and noticebly quiter and both cards should overclock about the same with the Frozr III having maybe a little more potential headroom. Keep in mind though that the DCU II takes up 3 slots and is rather long so make sure it will fit in your case.
Edited by burningrave101 - 6/12/11 at 5:18pm
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