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Just curious to know if there is a point when reference cards become rare. Really want to pick another 6950 and unlock shaders. But right now, budget is very tight - considering I need a computer case bad.
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Just curious to know if there is a point when reference cards become rare. Really want to pick another 6950 and unlock shaders. But right now, budget is very tight - considering I need a computer case bad.
You could always get a new case later.
New reference 6950 2GB? Eventually you will have to search for used ones.

The reference cards are usually phased out after about a quarter or two.
    
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Darn....guess I need to gather up some money to get a second one.
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Can't you use reference and non-reference cards together?

I know you can mix memory amounts and different brands, but SLI might be more forgiving.
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Yes - you certainly can. My only reason for a reference 6950 card is just to ensure I can unlock the shaders. I doubt non-reference card will have that ability.
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