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buying in 2 weeks, this dual fan powercolor, its the lowest price I've seen yet, other places sell them for the same as sapphire
http://www.directcanada.com/products...facture=Others


this daul fan sapphire for $18 more
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14080BD4250

they both have the possiblity to unlock according to newegg reviews, the sapphire has more copper pipes

but aside from that, are they the same card or is it ONLY the main chip and maybe the vram that are the same, and the rest is all built around the chip(s)
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check the manufacturers websites for a lot more specs.
Usually tho powercolour is the cheaper brand and sold a bit less. I use their cards, so dont let the cheap stigma hold you back. Also look for some reviews on the products.
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I don't consider them cheap, most places do sell them for the standard 270CAD

some people say they are reference cards just with an added cooler, any idea?
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Non-ref cards are literally just built around a GPU - the company producing the card can and often do put different components on them (lower quality caps, chokes etc.). Later revisions of the 6950 I believe use less power phases, but I don't know much about that so I won't say.

I have the same card (powercolor dual fan, but rev0) and it unlocked and does over 1000 core, but it's more down to luck than anything.
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I don't even think I'll bother unlocking it since my current one is locked,
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