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Pros: fast in games & good benchmarks
Cons: very hot running card. i have this card running in a nzxt beta series case with 5 120mm fast including one blowing air directly on the card and still see load temps as high as 92c with the fan set to 50%. anything over 50% and this thing is painfully loud. i looked up the max temp for the 6950 and it is 95c so xfx is cutting it close with this one. bad cooling design.
Other Thoughts: overclocking is out of the question. i have to set the fan manually in order to prevent shut downs after gaming periods of only 30-60 minutes. i now set the fan to 63% and can tolerate the noise. with this fan setting i have seen the card hit 85c which is still high but acceptable for the price/performance.
get different brand or aftermarket cooling
This review is from: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
Pros: so much overclock room
unlockable cores (1 in my case, making it x5)
Cons: it would be rediculous to have a con
Other Thoughts: i have this chip running these specs
fsb = 200
multiplier = 20
nb & ht = 2600 mhz
frequency = 4ghz
idle temp = 17-19
load temp = 35-38
i decided not to make use of the extra cores right now as its powerful enough at these clocks and unlocking cores will make temp readout programs useless.
This review is from: Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 92mm Sleeve Bearing Fan CPU Cooler
Pros: big fan
big heat spreader
cools really well
Cons: none that i know of yet
Other Thoughts: cooling my Athlon II 640 x4 @ 3.7ghz (3.0 stock) 22c idol 66c load with a smal bump in vcore.. stable as the dickens.
Athlon II 640 x4 @ 3.7ghz
Rosewill RCX-ZAIO 92mm cpu cooler
6gb crucial Brand ddr3 @ 1333 mhz
Biostar A770E3 motherboard
Sapphire Extreme Radeon 5830 (975/1125)
Seagate 500 gb sata HDD
Nzxt BETA series case