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MSI gtx560ti vs. Sapphire hd6950

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May 14, 2011 10:32:02 PM

Hello,

I’ve been looking for parts for a new pc but I’ve been wondering what would be the best graphics card for my needs.
I’m doubting between:
-MSI GTX560ti (http://www.tones.be/shop_product.php?idx=109844)
vs.
-SAPPHIRE HD 6950 1GB (http://www.tones.be/shop_product.php?idx=110471)

For 220 euros (tax included)

With a coolermaster CM 690 II case, corsair 650TX PSU, ASUS P8P67 B3 mobo and i5 2500k CPU.

I haven’t overclocked before but willing to learn so I’m not going too crazy with that yet.
It’s mostly for playing games like Crysis, WoW and starcraft II.

I’ve also thought of going SLI/Crossfire in the future, would you recommend this or isn’t it worth getting a better motherboard and power supply for this?

I’ve also heard about getting the 2GB HD 6950 version and than flashing the bios but that sounds kind of fishy…

Tell me what you think :) .

Ps: Are the prices on the site about right?
a b U Graphics card
May 14, 2011 11:37:13 PM

There is a bit of overlap in performance, but, the 6950(2gb) would be my choice...
a c 180 U Graphics card
May 14, 2011 11:57:17 PM

Sli/cf is up to your needs, do you want to continue to have this comp for 5+ years maxing games without having to sell 1 card for another or would you rather just add a second. Or would you ever need a multi monitor setup.

There's nothing fishy about flashing a 6950 to 6970. And if you could afford it, go for it, free performance. http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...

OC guide. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k...
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a c 214 U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 12:26:21 AM

Your gonna want to go with the GTX560 if your playing mostly Blizzard games.Blizzard's games favor Nvidia cards over AMD.
They are both very good cards but in derteming which one to choose always look at the performance in games.

Crysis Warhead Benchmark

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef...

Starcraft 2 Benchmark




World of Warcraft Benchmark




As you can see outside of Blizzard games the 6950 performs jsut a tad better but within Blizzard games Nvidia cards always get a slight increase.
a c 600 U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 2:22:36 AM

purple stank said:
Your gonna want to go with the GTX560 if your playing mostly Blizzard games.Blizzard's games favor Nvidia cards over AMD.
They are both very good cards but in derteming which one to choose always look at the performance in games.

Crysis Warhead Benchmark

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef...

Starcraft 2 Benchmark

]http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/7036/sc2bp.th.jpg


World of Warcraft Benchmark

]http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/584/wow20cataclysm201920.th.png


As you can see outside of Blizzard games the 6950 performs jsut a tad better but within Blizzard games Nvidia cards always get a slight increase.


Nice charts Stanker. The other thing to consider is that the MSI Twin Frozr II has a factory overclock, making it even faster than the stock/reference GTX 560 shown in those charts.
May 15, 2011 8:23:28 AM

k1114 said:
Sli/cf is up to your needs, do you want to continue to have this comp for 5+ years maxing games without having to sell 1 card for another or would you rather just add a second. Or would you ever need a multi monitor setup.

There's nothing fishy about flashing a 6950 to 6970. And if you could afford it, go for it, free performance. http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...

OC guide. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k...


Well, I was just wondering if, for in the future, it would be best to add a second card in later OR replace the card and keeping a single GPU. But I've read some people having trouble with SLI/Crossfire so...

I'm not going for multi-moniter set-up.
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 9:10:27 AM

Among the two cards you linked, I'd go for the GTX 560 Ti, because it'll perform better due to the factory OC.However, if you plan to go multi GPU in the future, I suggest that you go for the HD 6950 2GB as your motherboard supports Crossfire only, not SLI.But that depends on frequently you upgrade and what resolution you play at.
May 15, 2011 10:11:42 AM

This is my personal experience.I have a friend who has a 560TI and other who has a radeon 6950.We usually play Crysis Warhead and Metro 2033.Both cards run these games really well and there is no visible difference.But on checking frame rates with fraps,the 6950 was just slightly ahead but you just can't see the difference as both are good cards.So,you should chose the one which you get cheaper and has better cooling.Personally I would chose a 6950 but it is just your choice.It will come down to preference between nvidia or ati.
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 5:50:26 PM

I hear the GTX 560Ti is a very good card that is shorter than the 6950. Lots of folks are having difficulties fitting one 6950 in their midtowers, much less two down the road.

Don't know about the 692, but I'd check for clearance first.
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 5:54:04 PM

BTW, the reference 6950s with the dual BIOS for flashing are getting scarce. If you want one, (I do badly, no money :(  ) better grab it now.

Not even sure if this one is dual BIOS, but I'm fairly certain its reference:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
May 15, 2011 8:48:14 PM

buzznut said:
BTW, the reference 6950s with the dual BIOS for flashing are getting scarce. If you want one, (I do badly, no money :(  ) better grab it now.

Not even sure if this one is dual BIOS, but I'm fairly certain its reference:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Hm, well the store that would be building my pc only sells a sapphire HD6950 FLEX Eyefinity Radeon 2048MB, so might not go for that :<.
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