I ahve one AMD Radeon 6950 with an Asus DirectCII cooler... However that's triple slot, and when I go crossfire, I want to know; how well will two 3-slot cards side by side stay cooled? I'm looking at these cards for the secondary:
Another point - the MSI is clocked at 850/5200, wheras the ASUS is at 810/5000... If the Asus is at the bottom, the back fan is directly above the bottom fan of my case, whereas the front one is above the PSU. I have a HAF 922. I also have a side fan which blows onto the cards... So would it be viable to clock the ASUS to the MSI clocks? Or would I not notice any difference anyway?
You can get any card you want and then OC it, and i would go with the MSI ones the Asus Direct CU II will take a lot of space and bottleneck your move. The sapphire Toxic has a HD 6970 factory BIOS and it performs better than HD 6970 but they will run hotter and noisy. So sapphire Dirt 3 or Twin Frozer II is my recommendation both are great.
Another thing, what's the hell with the prices ? $460 ??????????????
In New Zealand our prices look a bit more; but that's about relative to it.
This is remembering I already have one 6950, teh ASUS one?
Only thing I'm worried about is temps. I have a 200mm fan blowing right on the sides of the cards though. So should two of the Direct CUII ones be fine? I just don't want them to get ridiculously hot, as the rest of my system says quite cool.
You shouldn't have any problems with heat, ASUS DCuII 6950 is well cooled and shouldn't have problems with heat when put in CF
So if the space won't make any problem just grab the Asus Direct CU II
^or the MSI TWIN FROZR III
I might get the ASUS, as I can get a bit of a deal on that one.