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Hi all
My first post but i've been doin a lot of readin, lots of good info
Here's my situation
Doin my first build and got most things nailed down except the typical VGU question
So, I live in Vietnam at the moment and cos of that my choices from shops are limited to a few models. I'd prefer to order in country for ease of trouble solving and I'd also have to pay tax on importing a card...

So, ive decided on a HD 6950..Want it to last for awhile and have good upgrade path with two later
First things first
My choices are ASUS and Gigabyte
These are the versions and rough prices
Asus
EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/1GD5 = 320USD

EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 = 350USD

Gigabyte
GV-R695OC-1GD = 340usd

Ok, so i know these prices are a bit higher than the us, but its what i got.

Now my questions
Can anyone give any comparison between the 2 makes, ASus and Gigabyte?
Ive read some reviews for both and they both get good marks, but how to decide between the 2??
The 2gb Asus is not much more than the 1 gb gigabyte! Any reason to go for the gigabyte??

Ill be using it for gaming movies and some light video editing, probably not 2 monitiors but maybe,,,some time next year ill be lookin to get a 2nd for crossfire 6950's, so my next question is..

the mobo im lookin to get is the Asus P8P67 Pro... Now the Asus cards are monster big, and as far as I can tell from specs the gigabyte is not that much smaller...
Has anybody had any trouble hookin up crossfire with these particular cards (Asus especially as its 2gb for 10 dollars!!) on this mobo???
I've been told the cards will be pretty much front to back and this might effect the airflow...anyone any experience here??

As i've said, been doin alot of readin an didnt really find an answer for my questions so any help would be really appreciated
Edited by neonleon79 - 6/14/11 at 11:23am
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post #2 of 21
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knew i was payin a bit more but didn realise it was this much!!
From another thread im pretty sure the same gigabyte is 170USD (Newegg.com))

Damn,, anyone know if they ship to Vietnam????
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Eah6950 dcii/2di4s/2gd5 = 350usd
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Don't get the dcII, that will really be a packaging nightmare in the future. It literally means you can never trifire them, if you had a board such as the ws revo which can run quad radeons.
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ok,trifire I can understand.., but what about crossfire Asus DCII 6950's?? will this be a problem or can it be done at all??
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It can be done as long as long as you have an open slot between your two cards.

For example I would have to put them in the 1/3 slots on my motherboard since it is a triple cooler.
    
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I think most of the current p67 boards are geared for 3 slot clearance.
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geared for 3 slot clearance,, by that do you mean the 2nd card would be in the 4th slot,, as in one card covering 3 slots (as ive heard the EAH does) and the 2nd card will be in the next slot?? if so they will fit,, but what about the airflow issue? wont the fans of the 1 card be stuck up against the back of the other?
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First of all welcome to OCN. Now to business:

- The cooler on the Asus is way better and quieter than the Gigabyte.

- The Asus 2GB is a 3 slot card but you will still be able to xfire in the future on the P8P67 Pro provided you don't have any other PCI slots occupied. So basically if you want to crossfire you can't have a sound card or NIC. The 1GB version is only 2 slot so you will have access to 1xPCI and 1xPCIe which will run at x4 (if you xfire).

- The 2GB 6950s will only be of use to you if your running high resolutions, for example 2560x1600 or an Eyefinity setup. otherwise the 1GB version is fine.

-There is no reason to go for the 1GB Gigabyte card when you get the 2GB Asus, which has the better cooler for just $10 more or the 1GB Asus for $20 less!

- Both the Gigabyte and Asus cards will exhaust hot air in to your case, this won't be a major issue provided you have sufficient airflow in your case; i.e proper intake and exhaust setup.

I think the decisions is going to come down to a few things:
- What resolution you'r going to use? [Higher resolution/eyefinity, go for 2GB]
- Whether you want to have PCI slots for sound card/NIC etc? [2GB Asus will take up all slots when in xfire, so you'll have to go 1GB]
- Looks [if you care about that]
post #10 of 21
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cheers hirolla, cleared up alot there,
so 2gb will work in xfire on that mobo... and you dont know of any issues with blocking the fans of a the 2nd card??

just worried about this cause i want this system to last and be well future proof. Ive read the xfire 6950's are pretty kick-ass so will be lookin to that sometime next year... as far as the 2gb 1gb decision,, again, im thinkin of the next few years and want this sys to cope with whats thrown at it, be that new games or another monitor etc,,, so i guess 2gb may be the way to go, esp as its only 30usd more...... just aas long as i wont run into issues with the fans in xfire... what you think??

Also, as regards not runnin a sound card with the 2gb,, is there a work around for this? I mean will it be possible to use a diff slot, not PCI if i want/need a sound card in future?? IDE?? i will always be able to use standalone speakers if needed so this is not a major concern,, just curious.. the cards are the major issue!!

Thanks again
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