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December 18, 2010 7:24:17 AM

Hi all,

I've got a Sandy Bridge build on the horizon and I'm kind of torn when it comes to selecting a graphics card. I posted a thread a while back and got some good responses, and I decided to wait until the ATI 6900 series was released. I've likely got a few weeks to go before I pull the trigger on anything, but I'm focusing on 3 different GPUs:

GTX 470 for $250
GTX 570 for $360
ATI 6950 for $300

I'll be running my Samsung BX2331 monitor at 1920x1080 with eventual extended desktop on ~32" TV. Most frequent use will be HD video playback, with gaming along the lines of Civ 5, perhaps Total War type strategy games. PSU is 650w Corsair w/52amp +12v rail. Would prefer single card solution to SLI or CF, but I suppose I'd consider a multi-card solution. I'd prefer not to worry about heat/noise being an issue. I'd prefer not to be compelled to upgrade the GPU within the next 2 years.

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December 18, 2010 8:04:26 AM

i think any of those cards will last 2 years. The 6950 is a clear winner in terms of performance vs power consumption. but the gtx470 is not much slower. http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1084/pg9/xfx-rade... Civ 5 will be able to be maxed out on any of those cards at 1080p. you could go with the single 6950 now and add another later for some serious performance using that psu. The gtx570 is a clear winner for single card performance between the 3 and therefore will last you longer before an upgrade is needed. Also the Nvidia cards have the advantage of hardware accellerated physx, if that is of any interest to you. I guess if the gtx570 isnt stretching your budget, its the best option to go with.
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December 18, 2010 8:27:48 AM

fried rice said:
Hi all,

I've got a Sandy Bridge build on the horizon and I'm kind of torn when it comes to selecting a graphics card. I posted a thread a while back and got some good responses, and I decided to wait until the ATI 6900 series was released. I've likely got a few weeks to go before I pull the trigger on anything, but I'm focusing on 3 different GPUs:

GTX 470 for $250
GTX 570 for $360
ATI 6950 for $300

I'll be running my Samsung BX2331 monitor at 1920x1080 with eventual extended desktop on ~32" TV. Most frequent use will be HD video playback, with gaming along the lines of Civ 5, perhaps Total War type strategy games. PSU is 650w Corsair w/52amp +12v rail. Would prefer single card solution to SLI or CF, but I suppose I'd consider a multi-card solution. I'd prefer not to worry about heat/noise being an issue. I'd prefer not to be compelled to upgrade the GPU within the next 2 years.


I'd go with the 6950 based on the power supply you have chosen if you intend to go crossfire / sli at some point in the future. Two 570's in sli will come close to taxing a 650 watt power supply but two 6950's are within that power envelope with a little buffer room. Also the 6950 has two gigs of ram giving it a little more future proof ability in any high texture / memory hog games of the future. If you don't intend to go SLI / Crossfire I'd get the 570 as it has the best performance of any of the single cards listed above and the price isn't bad.
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December 18, 2010 8:51:50 AM

yes.. zoridon is right... if you're intend to multi gpu solution in the future... 6950 is the one to buy... but if you are going to change bigger power supply in the future i suggest you taking gtx 570....
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December 18, 2010 9:17:03 AM

GTX IS WAY BETTER RIGHT NOW,GO with gtx 470 or gtx 570.both are fine and hd 6950 is good too,for that resolution all 3 will do fine.
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December 18, 2010 9:53:30 AM

Go for the Radeon HD6950.
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December 18, 2010 10:21:50 AM

if you like to convert video, Nvidia got CUDA. Converting speed will be 20x faster than converting using CPU.
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December 18, 2010 10:08:09 PM

Best answer selected by fried rice.
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December 18, 2010 10:09:43 PM

Thanks for the help, everyone. I think I'm going to see if the 570 price drops near the 6950 range by build time; if it doesn't, I'll likely go 6950.
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