I am in the process of building a new tower (no thanks to my asus g72gx going out) and am in need of a little assistance. I need help determining if the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 is worth the $12 premium or if its just a waste in comparison to the MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950.
Computer Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Power - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
MOBO- MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
CPU- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Ram- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (upgrading to 8 gb later)
HDD- 2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB
Drive- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
For the extra money, you will get great temps, the performance increase is honestly minimal. I am using a Twin Frozr 2gb 6950, and the temp has been significantly better than reference cards, even in my not-to-fancy Antec 300 case. Idle is in the low 30s, when playing at 1920x1080, even latest games at full settings, I havn't seen it crack 50.