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All reference are going to be the same in terms of components. (They should all unlock)

the MSI non-reference looks promising, but there doesn't seem to be a dual-bios switch, so you /might/ not be able to unlock.

Is it the same with all 6950s?
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I would go with a 6950. Make sure to get a 2GB one so you can unlock it into a 6970!
    
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Yeah I think I'm definitely going with the 6950, just need to decide on a brand. Going to get it in a few months before Brink is out.
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Yeah I think I'm definitely going with the 6950, just need to decide on a brand. Going to get it in a few months before Brink is out.
Does Saffire manufacture the 2gb vers. of this card? If so, that's what I'd go with.
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All brands make 2gb since 2gb is the standard one, 1b is the 2nd type.
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6950 2GB. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire or Visiontek.
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6950 1GB is best value for under $300 IMO
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post #18 of 64
If you could have an extra 50$ you could at least get a card that won't make your ears bleed. Unless they completely overhauled the fan since I had my 6870 these reference 6950s will be loud as hell on any fan speed above 50%. I loved the 6870 to death until I needed the fans at over 50%.

Switched to the GTX 570 and the quietness blew my mind, oh and I also gained 10 fps in the Metro benchmark going from a overclocked 6870 @ 975/1125 to a stock vanilla EVGA GTX 570.

I understand that a lot of people like the 6950s because of the price and the fact that some unlock to 6970s but you honestly can't expect it to stay that way forever. One of these days AMD's going to be like "damn look how crappy the 6970 sales are, I wonder why? Ah! No more unlocking!"

It's really a crapshoot. But I think the better card even after unlocking is the GTX 570. It's easy to overclock, it runs cool, and best of all it's quiet.
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If you could have an extra 50$ you could at least get a card that won't make your ears bleed. Unless they completely overhauled the fan since I had my 6870 these reference 6950s will be loud as hell on any fan speed above 50%. I loved the 6870 to death until I needed the fans at over 50%.

Switched to the GTX 570 and the quietness blew my mind, oh and I also gained 10 fps in the Metro benchmark going from a overclocked 6870 @ 975/1125 to a stock vanilla EVGA GTX 570.

I understand that a lot of people like the 6950s because of the price and the fact that some unlock to 6970s but you honestly can't expect it to stay that way forever. One of these days AMD's going to be like "damn look how crappy the 6970 sales are, I wonder why? Ah! No more unlocking!"

It's really a crapshoot. But I think the better card even after unlocking is the GTX 570. It's easy to overclock, it runs cool, and best of all it's quiet.
I'm not going to be unlocking my 6950 until probably later on, since that will be enough to run games I plan to play at 60 FPS easily.
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Bump, going to be getting it in about a week, so working on deciding on a brand.
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