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GTX 560 SLI vs. GTX 760 or HD 7970

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November 26, 2013 2:44:20 PM

I have a GTX 560 overclocked (not "ti") and I was thinking of upgrading, mainly for Battlefield 4 and Witcher 3 when it comes out... Prices on Amazon are pretty low right now and I was wondering if I should get another 560 to make it work in SLI (since it's $100 cheaper than getting a new card) or just get a new card...

I'm not familiar with SLI so I was wondering how it compares to a single 760 or a 7970. From my understanding the 7970 is better than the 760 but it's also more expensive. And then the 760 is very similar to the 670 but it's newer, which just confuses me even more.

So, my questions are, first of all should I even upgrade now or wait for a few more months? And if I upgrade, should I do a 560 SLI or get either the gtx760 or HD7970?


My specs:
GTX 560 1GB
i5 2500k @ 3.3Ghz (OC up to 4.4)
8GB Ram

I always upgrade every 3 or 4 years, but I haven't kept up with the changes in the last few years, so I don't know what to do.

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November 26, 2013 3:09:17 PM

If I'm not mistaken, SLI 560s would perform close to a 580, which is still below the performane of a 760. If the 7970 is a GHz edition, I would go with that.. even if it's not, I still would probably go with the 7970.
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November 26, 2013 3:44:22 PM

I used to be a fan of SLI but that quickly changed with BF3. I went from 2 x 560ti's to 1 x 670. Yes that = the same performance but makes life so much easier. In your case, you have a 1GB version and that will greatly limit what you can do. 1 560 would struggle playing BF4 on Ultra, 2 will give you some decent frames. But because they are both struggling, the end experience will be horrible.

The 7970 would be a great choice with the 3GB of RAM but if you really need to save some money, the 760 in a 2GB version would be fine at 1080p. I assume you are using a 1080p monitor.
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November 26, 2013 5:14:18 PM

Actually, my monitor is a 1658x1050.

Could you explain what the core clock and memory clock are in graphic cards? These are two things I never learned.

The thing is that the 7970 is almost $100 more than the 760, so, I'm wondering which one would give me the best bang for the buck. I want to keep the graphic card for as long as possible but not overpay either. That's why I thought the 760 or 7970 were the two best choices. Unless you guys know of a better one?

My 560 still plays everything I throw it at the highest (or almost highest settings) but I'm sure it would struggle with BF4. Would overclocking the CPU help?
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November 26, 2013 5:22:47 PM

Since you are gaming at that res I'd go for the 760, the 560's would struggle with games like BF4
The 760 performs really well and you will see a big improvement over your 560, the 7970 is a good card but it is more expensive.
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November 26, 2013 6:08:03 PM

Monsta summed it up. For that Res the 760 is your best choice.

The core clock is like the "CPU" of the video card. It's the speed that all the cores run at. Overclocking this will provide a nice boost in performance. Try getting a card with a factory overclock. The Memory clock is the rate in which the card move the data, this is known as Bandwidth. Overclocking this also provides a boost but is generally left alone as I think it's a bit more dangerous (someone clarify?)
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November 27, 2013 11:16:50 AM

Thank you for your advice everyone. I've decided I'm going to get the 7970 if it's back on sale on amazon for about $250, since it's going to last me longer than the 769. But if it doesn't go on sale, I'll wait until the price drops and if it doesn't drop in a few months, I'll go for the 760.
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November 27, 2013 11:22:57 AM

tr3glo said:
Thank you for your advice everyone. I've decided I'm going to get the 7970 if it's back on sale on amazon for about $250, since it's going to last me longer than the 769. But if it doesn't go on sale, I'll wait until the price drops and if it doesn't drop in a few months, I'll go for the 760.


I have a 770 4GB and I'm very glad I went with higher VRAM. BF4 uses about 3.6GB of the VRAM under load, so it's definitely useful.

I'm getting around ~90FPS on BF4 Ultra w/MSAA x2 and med MSAA post.

Either of those cards is a good choice, but if you're waiting a couple months, I'd check the price on the 4GB 770s, too. The 2GB are around the same as a 7970 now and the 4GB 770 is about ~370 w/3 free games, so in a couple months that might come down closer to your price point.
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November 27, 2013 12:07:10 PM

Thanks for the heads up!
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November 29, 2013 2:27:43 AM

I would get the 290 if you wanted more ram. 4 gn ram is pretty nice.
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