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Asus HD6870 DirectCU vs. Sapphire HD6950 Dual Fan

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/EAH6870_DC2DI2S1GD5
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1041&pid=1271&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

If you had to choose between these two, which one would you get? The difference is ~$30 more for the HD6950 where I live (Brazil).
The DirectCU card is supposedly very quiet (and I love quiet computers), but the extra performance of the HD6950 is tempting.

I only care for silence @ idle, is it worth sacrificing a bit of performance and getting the DirectCU card?
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  1. The HD6950 especially if you are 1080P res or higher!
  2. Best answer
    Even stock GPU fans aren't loud at idle. The cards downclock at idle so they use less power and therefore stay cooler. Just make sure you have good airflow in your case. If you can afford it, go with the 6950.
  3. 6950 especially if prices are that close
  4. rolli59 said:
    The HD6950 especially if you are 1080P res or higher!
    Yes I use 1920x1080.

    hapkido said:
    Even stock GPU fans aren't loud at idle. The cards downclock at idle so they use less power and therefore stay cooler. Just make sure you have good airflow in your case. If you can afford it, go with the 6950.
    Yeah I know, but still depending on the cooler there could be a bit of a difference, even @ idle...

    Anonymous said:
    6950 especially if prices are that close

    OK, I guess you guys win, I'll get the 6950 then. Thanks everyone. :)
  5. Best answer selected by vittau.
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