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Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI DisplayPort Video Card

So I decided its time for me to upgrade from my 4850 and this gpu is a good price so I might as well go with it. I figured I should make a thread first though.

My question is should I go with this Sapphire card in the link or another one. How is the cooler and temps on this one? Also is there any cheaper/better one that I should get instead?

I will purchase in an hour or so, and will appreciate any input.
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Go for it.
    
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go for it.
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I was advised to get this;

twin forza III

when looking at the reference 6950 and the fIII, That card looks like the best of both worlds if you can flash it!!
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the Frozr has less of a chance to unlock.. but a much better chance of hitting higher clock speeds on those coolers.

*my TFIII does +1ghz core on stock cooling... load temps do not reach 70c
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Does this card have a chance to unlock?
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Either is fine. You don't need to unlock anything to 6970. There are hardly %5 perf difference between 6970 and 6950, that doesn't justify flashing and risk of losing the card.
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Catscratch View Post
Either is fine. You don't need to unlock anything to 6970. There are hardly %5 perf difference between 6970 and 6950, that doesn't justify flashing and risk of losing the card.
I agree. I probably won't try to flash anything. This should max out all my games anyway in the end.

Does anyone know how this Sapphire dual fan solution compares to the MSI coolers?

BTW I just ordered it, came up to 320$ with tax. So much tax...

Anyway I'm sure I'll be happy with it. Rep given to everyone who posted.
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by CL3P20 View Post
the Frozr has less of a chance to unlock.. but a much better chance of hitting higher clock speeds on those coolers.

*my TFIII does +1ghz core on stock cooling... load temps do not reach 70c
Not according to the digging these fine fellows did matey...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darco19 View Post
This review from Vortez states that it is possible to unlock it:

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages...locking,1.html

You're all set
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arizonian View Post
Ah so the difference is downloading the MSI custom BIOS to unlock. That's cool they provided one.

I read someone else bricking their card in the ATI/AMD section using the unlock BIOS. They most likely didn't use the MSI custom BIOS.

Good find and it shows pretty recent as of May 25th, 2011.

Edited by iamlongtime - 8/4/11 at 9:17am
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It will be a great solid card that one, any chance of a report back on the temps can get a comparison then with the FIII, I aint ordered yet!
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