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Get the eyefinity version for more VRAM
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Ok guys, so I'm returning my two 5870 Vapor-X (Unless someone wants to buy them here ; ) The Eyefinity 6 Editions just went on sale and I picked them up hoping that heat will be less of an issue since they are reference cards. They also just had a Saphhire Reference 6959 open box for 200 bucks. Should I just get one of those instead? I think that would be the best single card solution for me right now and I could unlock it to a 6970. I've heard they are very loud and hot though. What do you guys thing? Stick with the crossfire 2GB 5870's or cancel the order and go with the 6950?
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Ok guys, so I'm returning my two 5870 Vapor-X (Unless someone wants to buy them here ; ) The Eyefinity 6 Editions just went on sale and I picked them up hoping that heat will be less of an issue since they are reference cards. They also just had a Saphhire Reference 6959 open box for 200 bucks. Should I just get one of those instead? I think that would be the best single card solution for me right now and I could unlock it to a 6970. I've heard they are very loud and hot though. What do you guys thing? Stick with the crossfire 2GB 5870's or cancel the order and go with the 6950?
HD6950's are more forward-going cards. Two of those in Crossfire will demolish the 5870's due to the sheer power in the 6000 series driver scaling. If you have the opportunity to go with that card, it would definitely be better than sticking with older tech. And I'm sure the heat and noise can be mitigated with a custom fan profile.

Just make sure that if you do end up going Crossfire with the 6950 that you don't sandwich them together as that will really drive up heat and noise.
     
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Well that is exactly my problem covertash. The two slots are right next to each other (see the pics in one of my posts). I'm hoping that the fact that the eyefinity 6 cards are reference will mean I have just enough space in between as opposed to the vapor-x coolers. Crossfiring 6950's isn't an option for me right now because of price also. So it's either two of the 5850's (which will cost me $315 to crossfire and are 2 GB cards) or one 6950 (Reference sapphire $200 on open box) as it's the most powerful single card I can afford. Thanks for the advice btw.
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Well that is exactly my problem covertash. The two slots are right next to each other (see the pics in one of my posts). I'm hoping that the fact that the eyefinity 6 cards are reference will mean I have just enough space in between as opposed to the vapor-x coolers. Crossfiring 6950's isn't an option for me right now because of price also. So it's either two of the 5850's (which will cost me $315 to crossfire and are 2 GB cards) or one 6950 (Reference sapphire $200 on open box) as it's the most powerful single card I can afford. Thanks for the advice btw.
If I were in your situation, I would still opt for the single HD6950. Not only would I save money right now that could be used or saved for something else, but the single card will do very well in just about the majority of the games currently out there, while, at the same time also leaving me the option to do Crossfire in the future if I decided to try Eyefinity or get a 30" monitor. If Crossfire is not in your future, you still have a powerful single card. Not to mention that most 6950's can be unlocked to a 6970 and have a decent amount of overclocking headroom.

That's really what I meant about forward-going.
     
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