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best brand for HD 6970 2GB

post #1 of 12
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Hi all,

bit confused by branding so simple question......

ASUS GIGABYTE OR SAPPHIRE.

Thanks all
post #2 of 12
Sapphire! But Asus is a good brand too.
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Intel 3930k Asus Sabertooth X79 Sapphire R9 290 Sapphire R9 290 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mhz (9-9-9-24) 1.4v Samsung 830 128gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb WD Green 2TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance CPU-380I BitsPower Fittings PrimoChill Advanced LRT Koolance R9 290 Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance R9 290 Waterblock XSPC Dual 5.25'' Bay Laing D5 Lamptron FC5-V2 AlphaCool NexXxos ST30 240mm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
AlphaCool NexXxos ST30 120mm AlphaCool NexXxos XT45 180mm x3 NoiseBlocker E-Loop B12-3 Silverstone Air Penetrator AP181 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Alphacool VPP655 Windows 7 Pro 64bit Dell Ultrasharp U2711 Ducky Shine 2 Red Cherry MX 
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SeaSonic X-Series 1050w Corsair 650D Razer Mamba Razer Vespula 
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post #3 of 12
Asus and Sapphire.
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post #4 of 12
Sapphire, I'd also go with HIS or MSI.
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post #5 of 12
Im running 2 msi R6970 Lightening's and absolutely love them
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post #6 of 12
MSI, Sapphire and ASUS

The MSI Twin Frozr cards have great coolers, overclock well
Sapphire cards seem to OC very well also
ASUS, pretty sure they are a solid choice, that DirectCU cooler is pretty extreme
post #7 of 12
Msi or asus. Asus has aluminum Backplate. Everyone hates xfx, ( I missed that memo.) I vote msi lightning or reference asus.

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post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Reading the sapphire is loud?? any thoughts??
post #9 of 12
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post #10 of 12
All reference coolers (single fan at the end) are pretty noisy at higher rpms.
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920 D0 (#3845B260) 4.2Ghz / HT on 1.3v Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Sapphire 7950 3GB 8GB DDR3-1600 
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LZ-MX Mini Corsair HX850 Silverstone TJ-09B Corsair Harpoon 
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920 D0 (#3845B260) 4.2Ghz / HT on 1.3v Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Sapphire 7950 3GB 8GB DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SSD 840 Evo 1TB Swiftech H20-220 Edge Win10 x64 Dell U2410 
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LZ-MX Mini Corsair HX850 Silverstone TJ-09B Corsair Harpoon 
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ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
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