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Ok so, I have narrowed my graphics card choice to two of the following. I can get both for the exact same price ($300 USD) Which one would be better for crossfire? (please help me add to pros and cons)

*note that my motherboard is an Asus Maximus iv Extreme-Z

Sapphire 6970 2SR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102918
Sapphire 6970 3SR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957

Sapphire 6970 2SR:
Pros: I could eventually upgrade upgrade to trifire --- smaller
Cons: Run hot --- louder

Sapphire 6970 3SR:
Pros: Superior cooling --- Very quiet --- Looks better (my opinion)
Cons: Only could use two cards

It seems as if the 3SR is better in everything, except I could only run two cards... I am considering eyefinity eventually, but by the time I do that I might need completely new graphics cards. (lol) Any input?
Edited by watapanda - 12/2/11 at 9:20pm
post #2 of 4
Neither,save your cash, wait a month and snag one of these.....problems solved.

http://wccftech.com/amd-hd7900-gcn-southern-island-details-leaked-frequencies-prices-release-dates/
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You really can't go too wrong either way, as Sapphire makes great cards ... PERIOD!

 

The #100311-2SR is the TWIN of My TOXIC HD-6950 card, and since mine Unlocked and I OC'd it, I get the exact same performance levels,

so trust me it's not overly hot or loud ... you'd be happy with these.

 

That said the New #100311-3SR version is actually $30 cheaper right now on NewEgg at the moment and I'll admit with the Twin Fan cooler will most likely run slightly cooler (the GPU chip anyways) and quieter than the TOXIC Ref style cooler. In my case (pun intended smile.gif) I actually WANTED the REFERENCE type BLOWER cooling to help vent the hot air OUTSIDE of my case and keep the interior of the case cooler, so keep in mind both styles have benefits and can suit certain needs better than the other.

Now I'm not sure about OTHER internal component improvements, as the Card is so new, I could only find 3 reviews on it ...

TweakTown Review = http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4449/sapphire_hd_6970_2gb_dual_fan_video_card_overclocked_review/index1.html

Pro-Clockers.com Review = http://pro-clockers.com/videocards/2108-sapphire-hd-6970-2gb-dual-fan-graphic-card.html

techwarelabs.com Review = http://www.techwarelabs.com/sapphire-radeon-hd-6970-2gb-gddr5-dual-fan/all/1

 

But they do look like hell of a card also so I'm sure you'd be happy with these ALSO, and for X-fire like you want, why not save the $60 and get a PAIR of them. thumb.gif

 

   
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I guess I'll get the dual fan cards. Thanks LA Kings, your like the Saphhire overlord of ocn biggrin.gif
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