PARTS PREFERENCES: Whichever has the best dependability and warranty
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 max
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must run BF3 at 30fps minimum at close to max/max settings, I figured that I would need a 2gb card since I will be running at a pretty high resolution. I also do not want to have to worry about overheating, my system will be air cooled. And I don't want a loud card.
After Christmas if the single card is not performing as well as I wish I will likely sell it and upgrade to a higher spec single card, or go Xfire.
Do you understand that the two 6950s will perform about the same and that the cooler design is the distinguishing difference? The slight diff in clock speeds is trivial.
It would be helpful to know if they have different dimensions(HIS is not posted) or other features, such as unlocking to a 6970. DO either of those cards unlock?
Ive looked up this one
SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And someone mentions that they unlocked it - "Sapphire trixxx and the card automatically unlocked to the 6970 shaders". Would this make much of a difference in games?
I have a set of instructions for unlocking the shaders with a bios edit (still requires a flash, but not to a 6970 bios). Recently there have been a few posts on people who have found the HIS 6950 IceQ cards are still unlocking. That is, of the last 4 people who posted about it in the last month or 2, only 1 was not able to unlock the shaders and it's likely just one with damaged shaders, which was always a possibility before.