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Well I was in the market for a GTX 560, more specifically waiting for the hawk from MSI. It's priced at $265. This made me weary of the already evident 6950 unlock. Within that of a near 6970 for under the 560 cost, it only makes sense. My question, what is THE BEST reference 2GB 6950 out there between cost, heat/ power consumption, and noise AND a guaranteed unlock! Keep in mind this is coming from a COMPLETE Nvidia fanboy....
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i say sapphire .

Mine unlocked to 6970 perfectly .
    
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Asus bc of the aluminium cover, it keeps heat down! Using msiafterburner with custom fan profile 50%, heat never goes up past 60c.
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i say sapphire .

Mine unlocked to 6970 perfectly .
Other than their policy about demanding money (about $50) in addition to shipping before they will honor warranty, yes.

My vote goes to the ASUS. MSI second.
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Sapphire and i am sure its the brand that sold the most HD 69XX GPUs. Asus was a bit late with HD 69XX.
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You better hurry because the old reference design is going out like dinosaurs.
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Asus's are slim to be found at ALL, especially in the $250 price range. MSI, Gigabyte, or Sapphire. Leaning towards MSI, have a motherboard of theirs and always been a fan of their products.
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