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RADEON 6950 2gb HELP??

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February 7, 2012 1:01:07 PM

Which of the three are superior and why? Please, no brand biased answers, just factual answers in regards to performance, reliability, Over Clocking, cooling, etc. At this point I'm leaning towards The MSI version just based on what I've briefly read between each card. What do you think? Thanks in advance, I appreciate it :) .

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


Specs:


CPU: Intel i7 2600K

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V LE

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1.5 TB “WD1502FAEX” .

RAM: Kingston hyperX Genesis 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz CL7 DIMM

PSU: Professional series HX650W

DVD-ROM: LITE-ON IHAS124 DVD burner

OS: Windows 7 (premium 64-bit)

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

I'm only using a 21" monitor at the moment, but will be upgrading to a larger size in the future.

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February 7, 2012 7:53:22 PM

I would go for the MSI III any day! Great OCing! Great cooler! Plus, MSI is a solid brand.
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February 7, 2012 10:58:53 PM

Thanks. How does it differ from the HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M, do you know?
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February 7, 2012 11:12:29 PM

I don't have experience with these, but the MSI usually comes up when people talk about cool temps.
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February 7, 2012 11:19:01 PM

yeah, that's what I've also noticed through other forums. I was told the cooling units are strategically placed around the ram so there's more overclock ability there as well.
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February 7, 2012 11:21:01 PM

Yep, and cooler usually means quieter. I know that I would have chosen the MSI instead of the Powercolor that I have now because of fan noise.
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February 7, 2012 11:27:40 PM

Well that's great to know. I was considering the Powercolor version at one point as that was one of the only options here in Australia that I could choose from on a few sites. I'm glad I did more research though =)
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February 7, 2012 11:42:39 PM

In all fairness to Powercolor, I do run 3 monitors which puts more strain on the GPU. But I still think that the MSI would run cooler.
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February 9, 2012 12:46:37 AM

Best answer selected by DeShO.
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