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My system is currently an i5 750 @ 4.0 running a 5770. While I do get acceptable performance I'm looking to put this card into my wife's rig for SWTOR and upgrading mine.

I currently run 3150x1680 and am getting approximately 25fps. While my current GPU is not watercooled, I am planning to add my next card(s) to the loop in the coming future as finances allow. My current problem is with choosing what to get in what I see as a precarious time to purchase a GPU.

I've predominately been looking at the SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR as I can fit a swifttech cooler onto it in the future. I've debated more than a few times at this point and just today i saw the newegg special for the HIS H697F2G2M Radeon for about 30$ cheaper. Both are 2GB cards.

My biggest problem I was wondering if I should jump to the 6970 or try and snag a 6950 Toxic. Since I plan to overclock either card, I wonder if I should snag the 6970. At the moment I'm leaning toward the Sapphire as the HIS is their non-turbo edition, and I will be running it stock for a few months.

If anyone here could advise me, I would be greatly appreciative.
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You could always try and get a 6950 that unlocks into a 6970 (not sure how likely that still is now). If you want a full cover block then choose a card which has a reference PCB design which would work out a lil cheaper I think. Alternatively if you have a GPU only block then it will can be used for future card upgrades, though you will have to get some VRM sinks. The stock 6950/70s run fairly well with stock coolers but since you're going to watercool after a few months I'm sure it's nothing you won't be able to put up with.
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I haven't found any with a bios switch yet that aren't old revisions for full coverage blocks other than the 6950 toxic. What I see is the potential for a 6950 to be as good as a 6970 but then the overclocked 6970 should outperform that even more.
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Yeah that's true. If you have the budget then go for a 6970 as for particular manufacturer, then it would depend on whether you would like a reference or non reference pcb design for watercooling.
post #5 of 6
Make sure you find a gpu with reference design. Almost all if not all the aftermarket water cooler gpu full blocks are for reference design only.

As for where 6950 or 6970, i would just go with 6970. Some people will argue to death about this point saying 6950 unlock and OC as well as 6970. From what I know you can't really find anymore 'unlocked' ones anymore. They are all sold out and manufactures don't make them anymore because they see the potential of hurting their sales. So from all said I would go with 6970.

I would personally grab the HIS version as its $30 cheaper... which can go towards a water block. Why pay more for the Sapphire when the PCB design is the same for both.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161356

As for "turbo" HIS its all marketing BS. They are just factory OC 20 mhz but charge you $30-40 more. Funny thing is when I was using ATI, the ATI software automatically set my 6870s to TURBO mhz when I installed the cards in. Saved me the $30 on each card LOL. The PCB/phase power/ cooler design are all the same for turbo vs. non turbo. Unless you are mentioning about the ICE-Q coolers than that a different story.
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Thanks, that was a great response! Can always pick up another 6970 down the road for crossfire. I cant believe I didnt see through the marketing gimmick, its so obvious and my brain must have just blocked out the obvious. I think I'll be going for the HIS card... maybe a second down the road.
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