Originally Posted by TheOriginalCookieMonster
Hello, I want to buy a 6950 that isn't too expensive and unlocks. Currently i'm looking at the sapphire card with the stock ATI fan. However, it's for a 800d which is notorious for having bad airflow. Are there any unlockable 6950s with better fans or would I be okay with the stock one?
Any reply will be appreciated.
Unless you buy a non ref, you're stuck with the stock 6950. All the ref coolers are the same, an HIS reference card willl make the same noise as a Sapphire ref card. The fan profile may be a little different, though, but you can change that using Afterburner or a similar program.
I wouldn't recommend a non-reference cooler, either. Since these will exhaust hot air back into the case, it will only compound your airflow problem. I think you should look into watercooling.
If you don't overclock (or even just overvolt, maybe) your temps will stay well under control even when unlocked.