Thanks for the response. I did read the Xbit review a while back and nearly jumped for the MSI, but since most of the games I anticipated on (Skyrim, HoMMVI, ME3, etc) are not out yet, I decided to wait. It seems its price remains relatively high but, worse, I cannot find it anymore on Australian shelves.
Based on my searches on staticice.com.au, I have rounded up the following candidates:
Sapphire HD6950 (this
and this one
MSI HD6950 (the TwinFrozr series)
Gigabyte HD6950 (the Windforce series, though I have reservations about having 3 fans on a GPU)
ASUS HD6950 (DirectCU series
- no one barely mentions them. Why?)
Similar to the HD6950 list above, sans the Sapphire and MSI (which seem to have disappeared off the shelves!)
I don't know if I should buy now or wait for the HD7000 series. I have previously resorted to playing at a decreased resolution (1920x1200) and thankfully my monitor seems to deal with non-native resolutions very well.