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April 30, 2011 2:54:17 AM

Hey guys,


I am planning to buy a graphic card and will be gaming on a 1920x1080 monitor. I have an AMD SLI motherboard (ASUS M4N75TD) with a Phenom II x4 955 BE cpu and a Cooler Master GX 750 W PSU.

I am not really looking to SLI because I cannot afford it right now. I am going to buy one mid-high end GPU. I am really looking at 2 cards right now. One is GTX 560Ti from nvidia and HD 6950 2GB from amd.

1) GTX 560Ti allows me the option of SLI another card sometime later ( I cannot afford it this year. If I go for SLI option, I will only be SLI'ing another card probably next year).

2) HD 6950 2GB allows me to to have more muscle on the graphics part and also the option of flashing it to a HD 6970 sometime later when there is a need for more graphics.

Please suggest me something out of these two.

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April 30, 2011 3:01:30 AM

Honestly, two GTX 560s in SLI would be limited by your CPU even if you OC'd it to 4.0GHz, not that I'm one to talk ^_^. Even so, it's a nice option to have so for that reason I would get the GTX 560. What GPU are you currently using?
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April 30, 2011 3:04:20 AM

If you need/want PhysX for those games that use it or CUDA acceleration for those applications that can use it then your choice is limited to the NVIDIA option.

If you don't need/want PhysX and CUDA then choose the AMD option.
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April 30, 2011 3:07:13 AM

They have pretty much equal performance (flashed 6950 slight edge). I choose one based on feature sets. I wanted eyefinity, or the possibility to run 5 monitors, so the 6950 was a no brainer. If phsyx is on your must have list then the 560 will be the obvious choice. Equally if you need CUDA then nvidia is a must or if you use stream then AMD is your choice.

Just a food for thought:
I wonder though how and if xfire will work once the standard pcb boards run dry and you can't flash the newer 6950s to 6970 anymore. I doubt a standard 6970 would work, and a 6950 would mean loosing the gained extra performance.
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April 30, 2011 3:08:29 AM

I dont really care of cuda or physx. I am only looking for high end graphics on gaming. As I told you I can't really afford buying another card for sli until next year.

So based on that, can you suggest me a graphic card that would last me for atleast 2 years. Will the GTX 560Ti be good enough or should I go with the HD 6950 2GB.
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April 30, 2011 3:35:54 AM

They are both about equal. In some games the nvidia card is ahead, and in others the AMD one. There is no clear winner unless you tell us the exact games you play.

If the 6950 flashes (50/50 chance?) then the AMD card will be faster.
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April 30, 2011 3:44:06 AM

I will be playing crysis, crysis 2, just cause 2, fear, gta 4, bfbc 2, mafia 2, shift 2 unleashed and games like that
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April 30, 2011 3:53:28 AM

irfan88 said:
I will be playing crysis, crysis 2, just cause 2, fear, gta 4, bfbc 2, mafia 2, shift 2 unleashed and games like that


overclock your 955 I have mine at 3.9ghz with stock voltages
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April 30, 2011 3:54:40 AM

megamanx00 said:
Honestly, two GTX 560s in SLI would be limited by your CPU even if you OC'd it to 4.0GHz, not that I'm one to talk ^_^. Even so, it's a nice option to have so for that reason I would get the GTX 560. What GPU are you currently using?


a 955 oc'ed to 4.0ghz shouldn't hold back gtx 560ti sli one iota
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April 30, 2011 3:56:21 AM

as far as a vid card goes get the 6950 2 gig and flash it to a 6970 or better yet just unlock the shaders and try your hand at a manual oc, or another option is to go for a gtx 570 which is on par with a 6970 to begin with, this is what I did and I;m very pleased it even oc's to near gtx 580 levels... and I got mine for 304 AR a couple months ago
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April 30, 2011 3:59:35 AM

will the HD 6950 unlock to a HD 6970. Supermuncher85 told me that there is only 50/50 chance with the new HD 6950's.
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April 30, 2011 4:02:18 AM

yeah well with the old 2 gig reference model ones there is more like a 90% chance but in the end if you really want a 6970, just buy one
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April 30, 2011 4:49:31 AM

which is better among these:

XFX HD 5870 1GB or
Asus GTX 560 TI or
Sapphire HD 6950 1GB


Note: the HD 5870 is cheaper than the GTX 560 ti and the HD 6950 in my country.


Which one would be better to play games at 1920x1080.
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April 30, 2011 5:00:43 AM

1 Monitor with standard 1080 resolution... You don't need SLI or Crossfire and you don't even need to overclock the CPU for that. Some of the recommendations here are plain overkill.
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April 30, 2011 5:15:44 AM

I was on a website a few days ago which was tracking the success of flashing the 6950's and 95 percent of people had no trouble out of about 75 people who had commented. Most claimed they had limited knowledge and it was easy and stable. The 6950 2 GB which I own is far better than the 560, I haven't seen anything to show they are comparable. I have seen stuff to show that is very close in many cases to the far more expensive 570, and is better once overclocked. I personally have not flashed mine as it plays everything on 1080P just fine so far. Maybe next year(or if I replay 2033 LOL) I will give it a try.
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April 30, 2011 5:33:18 AM

thanks for the info.

but can you arrange these cards based on their performance.

is hd 6950 greater than a hd 5870 or is the gtx 560 greater than a hd 5870.

please help me out.
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April 30, 2011 6:03:03 AM

the 6950 is faster than the 5870. I am not sure about the unlock rate of the 6950 (that's why I added the "?"), but from what I read it has to be a card with the reference PCB design in order to unlock. But again there is no guarantee it will work!

If the 6950 flashes to a 6970 however it will hands down be the fastest of the cards you listed. So if you don't care for cuda or physix, I would buy the 6950. I bought one and I am very happy with it.
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April 30, 2011 6:10:50 AM

ok then, I will just buy myself a reference card. Which one would be better. Sapphire, XFX or msi
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April 30, 2011 6:19:41 AM

I was having the same dilemma. Best advice came from a fellow computer guy, "Both are good cards just buy whichever is cheaper and you will enjoy it." He was definitely right, I got my 6950 (1gb however) and I'm totally happy with it. Ended up only paying 200 after rebate. Couldn't have went better at all. Although i will say this, if you do any computing that is processor heavy, those cuda cores will definitely help. Not to mention the physx eyecandy is pretty sweet. But, either way both are sweet.
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April 30, 2011 6:37:41 AM

I live in india so the prices are too high

Asus DCII GTX 560 TI costs approx 300$
XFX HD 5870 1GB costs approx 266$
Sapphire HD 6950 2GB costs approx 344$


so now tell me which one would be good as per price/performance ratio
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April 30, 2011 6:39:10 AM

go for sapphire ! ;)  i bought 4 LOL
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April 30, 2011 6:47:22 AM

560ti. If its cheaper then thats what I would say. Not to mention you get CUDA and physx.
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April 30, 2011 1:01:52 PM

Go with XFX, from comments I've seen in the last 2 years of watching they are more reliable and offer a much better warranty.
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April 30, 2011 2:05:05 PM

The difference between the GTX 560 Ti, HD 5870 and the HD 6970 1 GB and 2 GB is very small at that resolution.

So if you want to save money, go for a HD 5870, otherwise a GTX 560Ti or HD 6950 1GB, but you'll be pretty happy with any one of them.
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April 30, 2011 2:40:43 PM

irfan88 said:
I live in india so the prices are too high

Asus DCII GTX 560 TI costs approx 300$
XFX HD 5870 1GB costs approx 266$
Sapphire HD 6950 2GB costs approx 344$


so now tell me which one would be good as per price/performance ratio

The gtx570 is ~350-360$. Can you squeeze a little more money and buy one? You will also have the option to add another one next year and it is faster than all of the options from above.

It all comes down to what you want. Since you have a SLI motherboard i would chose Nvidia even if the ati/amd option would be better from my point of view as a single card.
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May 1, 2011 2:34:51 PM

So are you suggesting me to go with nvidia or amd for a single card setup.
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May 1, 2011 2:46:35 PM

irfan88 said:
I live in india so the prices are too high

Asus DCII GTX 560 TI costs approx 300$
XFX HD 5870 1GB costs approx 266$
Sapphire HD 6950 2GB costs approx 344$


so now tell me which one would be good as per price/performance ratio


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May 1, 2011 2:52:47 PM

So are you suggesting me to go with nvidia or amd for a single card setup.
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May 1, 2011 3:37:14 PM

HD 6950 1GB if you can afford it, otherwise HD 5870.
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May 1, 2011 3:55:51 PM

irfan88 said:
So are you suggesting me to go with nvidia or amd for a single card setup.


Single card setup: 69501gb or 69502Gb for more future proofing.
Dual card setup: 560ti or gtx570
Single card setup: gtx570, if you have the money to buy a 6950 2Gb why not spend 20$ more and buy a gtx570? It rivals 6970 and you can also sli another one later.

If you really want to buy just one card and you do not want to sli and go higher at any cost the 6950 2Gb is the fastest solution.
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May 1, 2011 5:09:21 PM

^+1 agreed
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May 2, 2011 1:18:44 AM

will i be able to run a gtx 560ti in sli with a 750watt psu. i have a cooler master gx 750watt psu .
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May 2, 2011 1:22:56 AM

irfan88 said:
will i be able to run a gtx 560ti in sli with a 750watt psu. i have a cooler master gx 750watt psu .

I'm running SLi'd 560's with a 620w PSU.
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May 2, 2011 2:56:53 PM

irfan88 said:
will i be able to run a gtx 560ti in sli with a 750watt psu. i have a cooler master gx 750watt psu .


like mousemonkey said, that psu will be more than sufficient
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