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Gigabyte 560 ti SOC vs 6950/6970

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February 12, 2011 6:13:40 PM

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bump with new title and new information...

Ok so the 560 ti SOC is better than the 470 SOC... but now i want to discuss about the 560 ti SOC vs the 6950/6970.

SAPPHIRE 6950 2GB $276.99 + $2.99 Shipping ($256.99 with rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And i have been told it can be easily unlocked into a 6970.

Guru3D shows the 560 ti better than the 6950 AND 6970 though...

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Hold on with those comparisons. The Gigabyte SOC series, bot the 470 and 560, are overclocked with very silent cooling. You can't compare reference versions of the cards, when these are much more advanced versions.

Check out these Guru3d reviews of both cards, they are done on an identical test setup:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/giga [...] oc-review/
http://www.guru3d.com/article/giga [...] oc-review/

It looks like the 560 SOC might be a little bit faster than the 470 SOC. AND, it's also faster than the 6950 and 6970 (therefore much better than a 6950 flashed to a 6970). Here's the kicker, the 560 is cheaper too!

Looking at that Guru3d review of the SOC (including a couple OC results for the 6950):
Load Temperatures
SOC: 60c
6970: 80c
6950: 79c

Noise Levels
SOC: 38 Dba
6970: 42 Dba
6950: 42 Dba

1920x1200
CODMW2
SOC: 148 fps
6970: 140 fps
6950(OC): 138 fps

FC2
SOC: 97 fps
6970: 83 fps
6950: 76 fps

Anno 1404
SOC: 80 fps
6970: 85 fps
6950: 78 fps

Crysis WH
SOC: 55 fps
6970: 57 fps
6950: 51 fps

Metro
SOC: 27 fps
6970: 28 fps
6950: 25 fps

Dirt 2
SOC: 79 fps
6970: 77 fps
6950: 72 fps

BFBC2
SOC: 56 fps
6970: 56 fps
6950(OC): 56 fps

Avg. fps
SOC: 77 fps
6970: 75 fps
6950: 71 fps

Vantage
SOC: 21,953
6970: 21,419
6950: 20,657


-- EDIT --

For the longest time i was planning on getting the 470 SOC once i got enough money. Now that i have my tax return i am ready to purchase my upgrade (currently have a 4850 512mb). I looked around and found out about this new 560 ti card which Gigabyte also has a SOC version of. From what i read the 560 ti is a replacement for the 470... Now i am curious which is better. Newegg is the only website i could find that sells the 560 ti SOC but it is currently out of stock and i am impatient :p 


Gigabyte 560 ti Super Overclock $269.99 + $7.56 Shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Gigabyte 470 Super Overclock $289.99 + Free Shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Theses are both just about the max money i can spend. I cant afford anything higher than $300. If there is something better than both of these then please let me know as there are so many cards out there sometimes i miss something in my research.

Oh yeah i have a Corsair 650W psu so ill be good with whatever choice i end up making.

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February 12, 2011 6:46:36 PM

How hard is it to unlock? And is it a 100% chance of happening as long as you do it right? I haven't ever messed with over-clocking or any technical stuff like that so i'm not really comfortable trying... i'm too afraid of messing something up and throwing my $280 down the drain =/
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February 12, 2011 7:10:42 PM

I actually have heard of reports of 6950->6970 flashes turning out poorly. Some of the issues are related to the VRAM of the 6950 cards not being able to handle the 6970 speeds, and in a few cards the disabled units were defective to begin with and are unstable.
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February 12, 2011 7:35:23 PM

Hold on with those comparisons. The Gigabyte SOC series, bot the 470 and 560, are overclocked with very silent cooling. You can't compare reference versions of the cards, when these are much more advanced versions.

Check out these Guru3d reviews of both cards, they are done on an identical test setup:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-470-...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-gtx-560-ti-soc-r...

It looks like the 560 SOC might be a little bit faster than the 470 SOC. AND, it's also faster than the 6950 and 6970 (therefore much better than a 6950 flashed to a 6970). Here's the kicker, the 560 is cheaper too!

Looking at that Guru3d review of the SOC (including a couple OC results for the 6950):
Load Temperatures
SOC: 60c
6970: 80c
6950: 79c

Noise Levels
SOC: 38 Dba
6970: 42 Dba
6950: 42 Dba

1920x1200
CODMW2
SOC: 148 fps
6970: 140 fps
6950(OC): 138 fps

FC2
SOC: 97 fps
6970: 83 fps
6950: 76 fps

Anno 1404
SOC: 80 fps
6970: 85 fps
6950: 78 fps

Crysis WH
SOC: 55 fps
6970: 57 fps
6950: 51 fps

Metro
SOC: 27 fps
6970: 28 fps
6950: 25 fps

Dirt 2
SOC: 79 fps
6970: 77 fps
6950: 72 fps

BFBC2
SOC: 56 fps
6970: 56 fps
6950(OC): 56 fps

Avg. fps
SOC: 77 fps
6970: 75 fps
6950: 71 fps

Vantage
SOC: 21,953
6970: 21,419
6950: 20,657
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February 12, 2011 8:21:09 PM

Yeah this is what i noticed and why i was thinking the 560 SOC... just wanted to get some other peoples point of view and see if they agreed. Now i just need to wait for it to be back in stock :( 
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February 13, 2011 5:31:15 PM

bump with new title and new information...
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February 14, 2011 5:12:41 AM

Bump again >.>
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February 14, 2011 9:54:35 AM

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