Originally Posted by pteek
MSI HD6950 TF3.
Heat/noise on a reference 6970 would be much more than that 6950.
OCed 6950 can match the 6970.
You could unlock the 6950 into a 6970 if you get lucky.
There's no luck involved. The 2gb 6950 TFIII edition has a special tool for it made specifically for the card by MSI that unlocks shaders with a 100% success rate.
That + overclocking = easy performance bump up to the 6970 level at a lower cost.
@OP, go for the MSI card
Originally Posted by decimate
If you're going to run more than one GPU, than go with the Sapphire 6970. The TF3 just dumps hot air back into the case. The problem is compounded if you're running 2 of them sandwiched together.
this is also a factor, but if your case has good airflow it should balance out.