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So i have been tracking the prices of the Sapphire 6950 dirt 3 for a while now beause i want to eventually get a 2nd one to crossfire it. my concern is that i have slowly noticed that they are falling off the map. newegg, amazon and tigerdirect all say out of stock.

should i get the next one i find or am i just overreacting? would sapphire stop making them that fast? anyone know?
also, how stable would it be if i got any other non-ref 6950 2gb and CF it with my current sapphire 6950 dirt3?


thanks!
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6xxx series came out in late 2010. it is nearing its EOL. for crossfire, all you need is two 6950s. dosent matter what manufacturer or if its reference or not.
 
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The shelf life of some cards goes quick, especially "special edition" types. In any event, you should be fine with another non-reference card. I know people that have done different brands of cards and it's fine for them. If the consistency matters to you, just get a regular edition Sapphire 6950 just to keep the same branding.
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I bought another one last week because i was afraid i wasnt going to be able to find another, picked my dirt 3 edition up for 268 brand new!
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So i have been tracking the prices of the Sapphire 6950 dirt 3 for a while now beause i want to eventually get a 2nd one to crossfire it. my concern is that i have slowly noticed that they are falling off the map. newegg, amazon and tigerdirect all say out of stock.
should i get the next one i find or am i just overreacting? would sapphire stop making them that fast? anyone know?
also, how stable would it be if i got any other non-ref 6950 2gb and CF it with my current sapphire 6950 dirt3?
thanks!

I was considering the same thing with my card recently. With the price they're going for, I would put that money towards upgrading to a new single card. Chill out a bit; the Dirt 3 is still quite capable on its own and crossfire may bring more headaches than it's worth. Bide your time, play around with OC'ing that puppy, and put that money somewhere safe because it wont be long til $50 more will net you a single card that runs like a racehorse, won't need extra power/cooling, and wont have you making threads titled "omg crossfire issues with x-game. hurry up new drivers." Presuming gaming is your focus, rather than folding etc.
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So i've been in this eternal search for a second 6950 GPU, and while it's true i do not need it right now, at the rate they are going out of stock i might as well get one right now. inefficient logic but i have the money to spend and i dont want to get stuck with a single 6950 in a couple months/year when i need to upgrade.

first off, i JUST found out, after having my Dirt36950 for 6 months that it has a dual bios switch. lolz. it was so small, and after stumbling uppon a random photo i figured out what it actually looked like for this card.

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anyway, i've been spending the past couple weeks on amazon waiting for the exact model i bought to go back in stock, but no luck yet. but just today a different model of sapphire 6950 Dirt 3 just became available again, and i don't know if i should buy it, as the bios-switch is less likely to be on that one. by the way, both models are $300.

my other option is a msi TFIII again from amazon, and I've been reading how insanely easy it is to unlock, so that's a plus for me. problem is it's like $350 and while it's still in my price range, i dont know if it's worth it.

my biggest fear is not being able to find anything, and even that TFIII is "only 13 in stock" with amazon, so it's all slowly running out.


advice anyone? i'm not here to debate if i should crossfire or not. idealy i would do it when needed, but there seem to be less an less 6950's as each day passes.
do i (1) keep on waiting for my model# sapphire to go in stock, do i (2) buy the other sapphire, (3) get the more expensive but high chance of unlocking MSI TFIII or (4) be patient and wait for discounts while possibly never finding a good card when i actually need it.
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I would go with option 4. There are lots of people on here who sell their cards on the marketplace. If you get enough rep you can even post a wanted ad, which will rope in all the people with not enough rep who want to sell them. I dont know if you are going to be bottlenecking anytime soon. one of the reasons I just bought by sapphire 6950 biggrin.gif
     
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