Get the gigabyte card. Better than saphhire, it is only 1GB but its shown to be same as 2GB as long as you dont have over 2200x whatever resolution. I have a xFSx 6950 2gb I'll sell you if you want, only 4 months old and runs flawless. I lookin to upgrade to a 6970. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Even on overclock, the performance of the 6950 it's not very different than my current CF setup?
And yeah... I just hate how loud are the fans, and mind you I have low noise fans but the card fans just get to annoying levels of loud, which seems to be from the top card sucking the heat of the lower one.
if your 6950 is running loud you have a poorly setup fan profile, just because the thing can cool like a monster doesnt mean it has to
and 2 gigs of memory is useful if u like texture modification, just because the industry standard in games doesnt typically take advantage of 2gb of video memory, doesnt mean YOU cant. also, yes, up until now *MOST* games show no difference, I dont know how much longer that will be true for.