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Okay all im back with another question. Im looking to really finalize my upcoming build but i keep hitting little speed bumps like this. Cutting to the chase...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-555-_-Product
MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB (reference card)- Flash bios ond over clock to 6970 speeds

OR

MSI Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2G
B (non referenced)- cant flash bios but had nice colling and is pre oc'd

I was wondering if its worth the 15 bucks extra to get the twin frozer and if that would be faster than a 6950 oc'd to a 6970 speed with flashed bios?

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IMO get the Twin Frozr III 6950. OC's to 6970 speed. (while only getting to 60c in furmark extreme burning)
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Would spend the extra $15 because you might be able to get more speed if u flash the bios
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Twin frozr unless you plan to run crossfire. Those tf's run much cooler, unless there's a pair of them. Then they're hotter than reference.
    
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Would spend the extra $15 because you might be able to get more speed if u flash the bios
From what i understand the twin frozer is NOT a reference card so you cant flash the bios.
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Hmm unlocking isn't guaranteed, and some manufacturers started locking it down, even in the reference versions. Can't remember if MSI was one of them though.

So you have the choice of possible 6970 with some OC potential, or 6950 with great stock cooler and probably good OC potential.

I don't really know if the non-ref one is overvolt capable, or that you even care about that feature, but I know once you get away from reference, overvolting isn't always available (through software).

Either choice is good, Twin Frozr HS are very nice though, so that would be the best no nonsense choice, just crank up the OC, and keep it cool.
post #7 of 18
I would REALLY, in my loudest voice recommend you get teh 2gb ref card from Amazon, if you were leaning that way, instead of Newegg.

The TF3 cannot use any waterblock, so that's a no go in my book. Between the TF2 and ref card, I'd go ref card for the future water route.
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Why from amazon, cheaper?
and i dont for see any water cooling in the future, so would you still recommend the reference card?
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Why from amazon, cheaper?
and i dont for see any water cooling in the future, so would you still recommend the reference card?
Amazon for no hassle returns, better service. Price is the same for the TF2 as well. TF2 is a bit quieter than ref card, so that's a win there. If you don't care about watercooling in the future and unlocking, I'd get a TF2 from Amazon.

Ask renji1337 about newegg and damaged cards lol. Poor dude.
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I have never had a problem with newegg. I've probably bought ~$8k in hardware over the years. Not an extreme amount, but it is a fair representation.
    
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