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Is their really a "big" difference in which 6950 graphic card you get?

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December 20, 2011 2:15:08 PM

Hello! I am having a crisis right now in which graphic card to pick because I really see no difference between all the 6950's...

I bought myself a Sapphire 6950 2 GB GPU, but still I think I am going to regret it in the future. I see HIS 6950, Gigabyte 6950, and MSI 6950 for going good prices right now but I am not sure if I should drop the Sapphire for the other one.

Here is the Sapphire 6950 2 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the Gigabyte 6950 1 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the HIS 6950 2 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the MSI 6950 2 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Can someone explain to me the difference between all the 6950's and what they contain? It will put my mind at ease!

P.S: I have heard a lot of good reviews on how the Sapphire is easy to overclock so I bought the Sapphire.
December 20, 2011 2:20:23 PM

having a ''crysis''.

lol
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December 20, 2011 2:57:48 PM

The main difference is the 2GB models will help when used with higher resolution (multiple) displays( 2560x1600). the Gigabyte & HIS ones have a higher clock rate. Over all, I 'd pick the one with the lowest price and/or biggest bundle(software).
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December 20, 2011 3:03:14 PM

clarkjd said:
The main difference is the 2GB models will help when used with higher resolution (multiple) displays( 2560x1600). the Gigabyte & HIS ones have a higher clock rate. Over all, I 'd pick the one with the lowest price and/or biggest bundle(software).


Which would that be clark, for the software?

P.S: I am only going to be using one monitor just to let you know guys.
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December 20, 2011 3:12:09 PM

I don't have the prices up anymore...Go with the lowest price one that includes a game..
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December 20, 2011 3:31:19 PM

All right clark and just one more question before I go. If you overclock any of the 6950's (of the retailers,) they are going to come out the same shaders from 1408 to 1536, right?
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December 20, 2011 3:39:18 PM

Geeksire said:
All right clark and just one more question before I go. If you overclock any of the 6950's (of the retailers,) they are going to come out the same shaders from 1408 to 1536, right?


That would require flashing the bios, and is unlikely to work as AMD has put a stop to it.

You could try this MSI 6950 as i know there is a guide to it (by MSI) but it's $60 more than the gigabyte and not really worth it IMO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 20, 2011 3:47:26 PM

Ya I doubt it Orient. I would not like to spend that much for a 6950, but thanks for the enlightenment.
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December 20, 2011 5:09:48 PM

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December 20, 2011 5:33:48 PM

The factory OC'd models have better coolers and sometimes upgraded more robust VRM's. The performance difference between factory OC'd AMD models seems substantially less than nVidia's tho. (single card fps / CF fps)

6950 (479/751)
6950 Frozr OC (484/759)
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