I have a quick question about whether a 560 soc sli or a 2gb 6950 crossfire will give me better performance. I'm going to buy just one single card and buy another card later. I know that a single 560 soc is better than a single 2gb 6950 but I was wondering if a dual 2gb 6950 would outperform a dual 560 soc because of scaling.
def get the two 6950s for their incredible scaling capabilities and 2 gigs of vram will help you into the future, (and in case you go eyeinfinity or a single). Hands down get the hd 6950s, or maybe just one to start off would be down powerful then maybe get another when they are a bit cheaper down the road, or just buy em both and don't look back, two of them are beastly, I have crossfire 6870 and am impressed so 6950s will do even better and come close to the 6990
yeah the 6950s actually scale better than the 5 n series, I would like to see some numbers on minmum fps if anyone has seen anything similar to that___? I always felt like sli had better minimums but I could be wrong and Id like to see some information on current gen cards.
just read the 6950 3 way CF vs 570 3 way SLI , but there were also single and 2 way comaprision and it came out that 6950 scales better
yeah 3 way sli/crossfire is crazy to do unless you are doing that high res over multi-monitors, then it seems to sort of make use of that third card instead of being utilized like (as toms put it) a nipple, lol... kind of expensive for a nice accommodating motherboard as well, but if your buying 3 expensive gpus then you probably don't care about money
One of the keys that hasn't been mentioned is that the GTX 560's will be much cooler and quieter in single card and SLI.
People keep referencing today's 3 way GPU article without noting that any lower performing card is going to scale better than a higher performing card due to CPU bottlenecking. For a more accurate view, the article should have included GTX 560's in SLI and HD6970's in Crossfire. Other articles that have compared the GTX 560 in SLI vs. the HD6950 in Crossfire have shown that scaling is very much even, with the 560's winning by a slight margin. Here are the results of the Guru3d.com tests: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-crossfirex... http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...
Average dual card scaling across all benchmarks at 1920x1200:
GPU Temps (vs. single card)
6950: 89c (+12c)
560: 74c (+6c)
The fact is that if you are thinking of getting the Gigabyte GTX 560 SOC, that is one of the fastest and quietest 560's made. A GTX560 at 950 mhz is going to perform at the level of the HD6970. Overclocking will be more productive with the GTX 560 because, again it is a cool and quiet card, and given the fact that Nvidia cards scale better than the AMD cards when overclocking (partially due to shaders which are clocked at 2X the core speed vs. AMD with shaders clocked at 1X the core speed).
The Zotac AMP! card is clocked at 950 mhz, like the new version of the Gigabyte SOC:
All the information is in the chart above. Yes, a reference GTX 560 at 822 mhz, will be a little slower than a 6950 (as also shown in the Guru3d links). A GTX 560 @ 950 mhz, like the SOC, will be considerably faster than a stock 6950 in single and dual GPU setups.
Another issue not yet mentioned is drivers. Some would say that the Nvidia drivers are more dual card friendly.
March 14, 2011 11:22:54 PM
Thanks everyone! I will get a 560 soc now and later i will get another 560 soc to put it in as an sli!
.............Word of Advice........Grab something other than SOCs cards......
they're gonna give a lot of performance now, but a year or two down the road, those cards are gonna show a lot of problems, like artifacts
And where did you come by that little tidbit of information about a card that has only been out for 1 week?
The 560 soc that i see is $269. I would like to know where you're getting the 570 from for $300. I see 570 prices $330+. My budget is $280 max.
Right, the GTX 570's are between $330 - $360. Your gigabyte will also come with at least a 3 year warranty, in addition to high-end components and specially tested chips (they call it GPU Gauntlet Sorting) to ensure stability.