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Hey i made a thread in the Nvidia forum but this might be better suited here. At first i was looking at a 480 for ~230$ but then a member on this forum offered me a 6950 unlocked to a 6970 shaders with a mild OC today for around the same price shipped.

I was wondering which would be a better buy? keep in mind that the card will be going in to a SG07 most likely itx gaming build.

are unlocked 6950's stable?
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unlocked 6950s are perfectly fine, they also OC pretty high people usually get a 480 to sli and that combo because one of the top 5 GPU's atm but it sounds liek a rocket engine + 85 degrees C lol

i recommend 2 unlocked 6950's cuz of how nice it will run at huge resolutions and temps. google gtx 480 vs 6950 for comparison in games
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ah yes but i can only fit a single card in my SG07, do you still recommend the unlocked 6950 still?
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The GTX-480's are kinda power hungry hot running cards ... for an ITX build in a SFF type case, you'd be much better off with the HD-6950/70.
And $230 for it shipped is a good deal, Used they tend to sell for $250 +/- w/ shipping extra.
   
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Ya i think ill go with the ref card, is there a huge performance diff between the two or are the they same? Im guessing either is sufficient for 1080p.
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i got the tiger direct deal it had the 6950 with the bios switch from sapphire brought 3 games sold each for 25 so my card was like 180 and sold my gtx460 to buy it so really my upgrade was 30 bucks rofl

i reccomend going sapphire and the toxic edition if u have the caash if not get the dirt 3 one im running it at 920 core and dam this thing flies without making a lot of sound its gonna run bf3 perfectlyyyy

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...002&CatId=7005
look at that 20 bucks rebate as well xD this thing is STEALING haha
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post #7 of 12
6950 is a better choice, 480 consumes alot of power and pumps alot more heat.
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post #8 of 12
480 will be the better performing and quieter card, it runs a little on the hot side, but it will still be quieter than a blower style fan on a 6950.
My 480 ran around 80C on full load with the fan at 80%. With the fan at 65%, its almost silent, not really as loud as most people make it out to be.
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post #9 of 12
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The only thing about the 480 is that its in an ITX case most likely, either a SG07 or a GD06 *_*. Otehrs have told me just for that reason not to get an other wise powerful/decently priced card. Hmmm how hot could it get though in an ITX?

The 6970 seems like a good deal from that member, i want to decide by tomorrow afternoon though. Both seems to perform evenly(unlocked 6950 vs 480) so not to worried about performance.
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post #10 of 12
If you were watercooling, 480 overclocked might be a tad faster. However, 480 has much higher power consumption. If you plan on SLI/CFX, unlocked and overclocked 6950-to-6970 CFX can run on a 750-850W PSU. 480 SLI would require at least 1000W PSU.

Noise-wise with stock cooling, 480 would be a little bit louder on load but 6950 is still almost as loud.

I had 480 SLI and currently have 6970 CF.

480 was hot in my full tower Lian Li case. ITX might be too small for a 480 on air-cooling.
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