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Gtx 570 versus 6970 versus 6950

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January 27, 2011 10:32:56 PM

one thing i hate about building systems, your mind always changes.

I'm choosing between these 3 cards for my future SB setup (2500k on a p67 Sabertooth)
and i need help deciding which one's best for my needs

a few things I want to get out of the way first:
I do not plan on playing on resolutions higher than 1920x1080
I plan on putting in a second card for xfire/sli 2-3 years down the line
i plan to OC

now a few pros and cons i heard about each card:

Pros:
570 - Physx, better drivers, energy efficiency, better dx11 support
6970 - 2 gigs of ram, good xfire scaling
6950 - 2 gigs of ram, x fire scaling, modding shaders (dont plan on unlocking to be safe)

Cons:
570 - 1.25 gigs of ram
6970 - heat and power consumption
6950 - heat and power consumption


I plan to play some of the newest games out there on max settings with at least 30fps, might have to tone down the settings in some cases. Does physx make a difference? Is dx11 support important?

Could you please tell me what card is better in your opinion and explain why?

thanks
a c 216 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 1:18:56 AM

A couple other features to consider. the 6950 and 70 has Morphological AA, which is like a weak form of Supersampling AA that works on any game, even games that won't normal supply any form of AA. They also have an official version of Supersampling AA. Nvidia has 3rd party apps that make SSAA possible, but they don't appear as good in function or performance.
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January 28, 2011 7:39:38 AM

570 & 6970 are roughly even in performance. One will be better at some games and vice versa. Best thing to do is just compare benchmarks at that same resolution on various sites for the games you play and take that into account

I have a PNY 570 GTX and it works great on my 1920 x 1080 LCD with anything. I went to Nvidia this time because my older 5850 drivers were just deplorable for the first 6 months or so
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January 28, 2011 9:24:08 AM

a few things I want to get out of the way first:
I do not plan on playing on resolutions higher than 1920x1080
[b said:
I plan on putting in a second card for xfire/sli 2-3 years down the line
i plan to OC]]a few things I want to get out of the way first:
I do not plan on playing on resolutions higher than 1920x1080
I plan on putting in a second card for xfire/sli 2-3 years down the line
i plan to OC]
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bolded section doesn't work. those who has a 4850/4870 who's planning an upgrade are looking at the 6800/6900 series as it makes much more sense, and i have a feeling, 2-3 years from now you'd be looking @ the hd8800/8900 series rather than xfiring 2 older cards.

my advice, get the fastest among the 3.
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a c 193 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 12:48:33 PM

^+1. With a 2-3 year window, a second of the same card may not make sense. Look at the benchmarks of the games you want to play, consider nVidia vs. AMD differences (e.g. TWIMTBP titles), then spend the least amount of money you have to in order to get the performance you want. If you are willing to turn down even a few settings, a HD6870 or HD6850 or 1GB GTX460 may be all you need.
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