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Im ordering 2x or any one of these. I currently have an XFX but its out of stock and its seems Newegg got some actual new versions in. Some with dual fans (looks nice) and a few others. Anyway, a friend has the same card so he wants mine.

Im mixed on these. A little about the card I have now. My system gets around 25-30 C ambient, CPU about 40 C, and my GPU hovers around 45 - 50. I have no games running, just the web browser and MSI AB shows 40% fan speed with 50 C. The card seems to idle at a decently high temperature. When the fan hits 55% ish, it gets pretty audible. Card is stock clocked.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-372-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-548-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-575-_-Product

Im not sure on the IceQ. Im not sure if I should stick with 1 fan design. Still I thought to get opinions on this one.

The XFX dual fan design is very nice looking and comes slightly overclocked. Would dual fans mean it automatically stays cooler than the one I currently have, or quieter?
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Twin frozr III by far. Best cooling and best overclocking abilty well besides the lightning.
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Twin frozr III!
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That IceQ doesn't look very good like it did in HIS' past designs. I'd personally get the HIS cards because they are much cheaper. My second choice would be the MSI cards though.
    
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Twin frozr III!
I concur.
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I went with sapphire ref. I still have yet to unlock and oc them, just got them on water today
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I will probably do some overclocking here and there but nothing extreme to be honest.

I really like that XFX dual fan designed card also. Damn...Everyone recommends the twin Frozr III.

After MIR, the MSI cards would be $44 more I believe. So the HIS IceQ is out.
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Guess I'll be the odd-ball and vote for the XFX dual fan design. I really don't care about unlocking the 6950 to the 6970...you can always OC it and still be happy with the performance. Besides, performance difference is minimal at the end of the day after unlocking the 6950. The Twin Frozr III will be cooler gpu but the XFX dual fan version is cooler than the reference gpu. So, whacha gonna choose?
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dude do u not see the twin frozr three picture on ur computer?

it shows beast mode...
post #10 of 20
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I guess I should probably see what Im working with on my motherboard to be honest. I think I can space the CF cards out and if I ever Tri-fire them I would have room.

Im guessing the Twin Frozr's would be best if I ever tri-fire. I have almost $200 in amazon credit and I beleive the twin frozr III is available through them. Should I avoid getting a GPU from amazon or will it be ok? Will I have a problem with RMAs through them?

By the way, any specific way Im supposed to remove the current card in my PC. I attempted to one day but it was in there pretty damn tight. I didn't want to tug in any direction and break the card. I have never taken a PCI-E card out of a slot.....

Thanks so much everyone.
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