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I'm buying a 6950 Next week and still can't decide which one to go with. The top 2 brands that I was looking at are the Sapphire and XFX 2GB's. I've delt with Sapphire before and so far so good so just wanted to get some other opinions on other brands with RMA's, Performance, etc.

Hope you guys can help me decide on which brand to get.

Thanks
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Performance is going to be 99% the same on the current boards.

Sapphire is the name to beat. Tons of extras (cables, assorted, ect)

Xfx has an epic warranty. Best to resell
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by RussianJ View Post
Performance is going to be 99% the same on the current boards.

Sapphire is the name to beat. Tons of extras (cables, assorted, ect)

Xfx has an epic warranty. Best to resell
I probably wouldn't be selling this for a while. Probably gonna Xfire it soon too.
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post #4 of 7
I have had very good luck with both companies and the cards will not perform different so go with the XFX for the lifetime warranty. Don't forget to register btw.
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post #5 of 7
Buy this http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/P...us_Plus/1.html

Ref. model that can unlock with a good cooler and crazy overclock potential.
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Get the Asus version...the shroud on the cooler is aluminum and not plastic.. 3 year warranty tied to the serial number of the card
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DaRookie View Post
Buy this http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/P...us_Plus/1.html

Ref. model that can unlock with a good cooler and crazy overclock potential.
Wow thanks for the link, checking it out atm.
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