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Geforce 560 Ti vs Radeon 6950

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April 8, 2011 11:07:17 PM

Hello,

I am planning a new build and I am having trouble deciding what graphics card to purchase.

I already have the following specs chosen:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k (I will be overclocking)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOB: MSI P67A-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Brand not decided, will be 700W+
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Products not needed:
Mouse
Keyboard
Headset
Monitor
OS

These are the graphics cards I have narrowed down too:

560 Ti

MSI twin forzr II: ($230)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte super overclock series: ($260)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

R6950

MSI twin forzr II: ($265)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI twin forzr III: ($285)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-...

Please suggest which brand (Nvida/AMD) and which model of that card is the best value.
I am also currently debating whether to get two cards and go SLI/CF, so please take that into account.

Thanks in advance
April 9, 2011 1:50:22 AM

I would go with a 560ti. i would recommend this Gigabyte card, it is MUCH better then a standard560ti, as it it greatly over clocked, and it has Gigabyte's Windforce dual fan cooler, it is realy a great buy because it is relatively cheap for a superoverclock card.
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April 9, 2011 10:12:08 AM

GTX 560Ti beats 6950 in many cases, but usually 6950 is better than 560 *avg 10%*, remember also that power consumption on 560 is higher and having 6950 will save you like 10$ yearly *4H per day, 5 days per week*, do you plan on OCing? if so GIGABYTE SOC is waste as MSI TWIN FROZR is designed for OCing and can reach 1Ghz core easily, but GIGABYTE has better cooler and runs quieter, while you can unlock shaders on 6950 so it'll be as good as 6970 and even the 570 performs worse than 6970... you probably can find cheaper 6950:

1GB versions OC better than 2GB and you can find some really cheap:

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

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

2GB versions can be "flashed" into 6970, which beats 570:

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

... also the 6950 OCs better than 560, but on 560 you have PhysX, while 6950 has more VRAM *2GB versions* and runs better at higher resolutions *1920x1080-2560x1440* and on multiple monitors, it also is better in CF/SLI comparision:
6950s beat 570s and 6970s beat 580s

EDIT: what's your resolution?
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April 9, 2011 10:26:40 AM

Both are good cards but I would get an HD6950 and unlock it into an HD6970. Also if you are seriously considering a dual card setup now or in the future the 2gb of memory is really more appropriate for multiple cards of this caliber.
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April 9, 2011 10:45:15 AM

I heard that the 6950 unlocked is not that much better than stock:
http://www.overclock.net/ati/946615-stock-vs-unlocked-h...
The Gigabyte factory overclocked card will save me time and effort, I will be overclocking my CPU so not having to OC my GPU will be good.
However if the 6950 is worth the extra money and time to OC than I will consider buying that.
My monitor res is 1920 x 1080
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April 9, 2011 11:10:22 AM

^it's as good as 6970 with lower clocks, after unlocking just OC it to 900 core and 1400 memory and you'll have a small OC over the 6970, which will beat 560 SOC anytime and 570 OC too.., on your monitor 6950 will run better than 560, it's up to you GIGABYTE SoC has great value, but if you work a bit on 6950 it'll be better than 570 OC...
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April 9, 2011 11:22:18 AM

crossfire on 6950 are definitely better than sli 570... but in single card config 570 does not perform worse than hd 6970.. both cards were trade blow on each other...
yes there are some games that hd 6970 is better.. but some games favours 570...
if you're going to stick with a single card i suggest taking gtx 560 ti soc... if getting multi gpu then hd 6950 will be better...
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April 9, 2011 11:44:58 AM

^he should go for GTX 560Ti SOC, only if he doesn't want to OC/flash and OC/ only flash the 6950, normally 6950 is better than 560, but 560 SoC beats 6950, 6950 OC is beats 560 OC and 6950 flashed non-OC beats 560 OC also, he can get a lot of performance out of 6950 2GB if he flashes it into 6970 and OCs to 900-950 core and 1400-1500 memory
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