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I stated earlier im going to upgrade to bulldozer. I am going to purchase the motherboard and GPU now. I meant if im getting the 6950 should i just spring to the 6970 so in a year or 2 when i xfire a 6970/6990 would blow away a 6950x2. Also do you think its worth it to get the formula over the sabertooth?
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Reference cards don't have dual fans or wierd looking coolers. Basically no matter what brand it is (E.G.) Sapphire, HIS, MSI, XFX, they all look the same except for the brand logo. Also the fan is in the same place (right side) for 6950's.

EDIT: These are refrence cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102914
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127555

This is "NOT" reference card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150549
that was awesome thank you. i understand now.
post #13 of 23
6990 is a fast card but it is horrible in terms of noise. If you dont have closed headphones dont bother with it because it is way too loud. Ref 6950's are actually quiet under 50% and they keep the card relatively cool (around 70-75oC).
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that was awesome thank you. i understand now.
No problemo

I recommend you get the Sabertooth, and a single 6950 refrence model. If you ever get a 6990 in the future which I doubt will be possible because they don't even sell them anymore.. you could always flash your 6950 to full 6970 bios and Tri-Fire if you find that 6990. Otherwise just buy 1 6950 and unlock the shaders only & if in the future you ever want more performance. Get another 6950 and unlock the shaders on this one too = WIN.
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6990 is a fast card but it is horrible in terms of noise. If you dont have closed headphones dont bother with it because it is way too loud. Ref 6950's are actually quiet under 50% and they keep the card relatively cool (around 70-75oC).
x2 6970s here, don't even get that in any games while 100% usage. 60C range is around my top temps.
    
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post #16 of 23
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Thanks im just having toruble finding a Ref 6950 on newegg in stock. I see the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129171. The HIS and Diamond are out of stock
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Thanks im just having toruble finding a Ref 6950 on newegg in stock. I see the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129171. The HIS and Diamond are out of stock
Yea they are hard to find nowdays. Check your local craigslist, maybe you can find one for cheap. I found my 2nd one on there for 200$

I believe that Visiontek will do the trick also just make sure its a refrence design. Read comments, posts, etc.

EDIT: Also make sure its a 2GB model. 1GB's don't unlock.
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id grab a 6970 call it a day, been there done that.... i recently downgraded to dual 5770s and am fine with what they perform like, but dont play games on the pc anymore... or go ahead and stick to a 6950 2gb, and wait out the cpu upgrade at that point..
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...14103182...310 after rebate? Seems like a no brainer
post #20 of 23
Don't buy another 5770. It's old tech and is bad for tesselation. Get a 6870 and xfire later on, that'd be your best price/performance ratio. 6950 is a bit faster but not worth $70-80 more than 6870 ($165 after rebate).

btw, don't attempt to unlock your 6950 2gb as it will only gives you 2-3% performance maximum (shader unlock only because full 6970 bios unlock will break your 6950)
    
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