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HD 6870 or GTX560 Ti Superclocked?

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May 27, 2011 11:34:27 PM

Hey all,

I'm looking at doing my first system build in the next week or two and up until now have been set on buying a Radeon HD 6870 which currently costs $349NZD. I have just been looking on www.computerlounge.co.nz though and see they are currently selling an overclocked version of the GTX560 Ti for $389NZD, compared to the usual $420 to $450 price range.

As I have no experience of Nvidia cards, Id like to hear some peoples opinions on which of the following cards would be a better option?

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie...

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie...

Id also like to know:
- Would there be a significant difference in terms of performance between these two cards in gaming?
- How well does the GTX560 Ti scale in SLI compared to the 6870 in crossfire?
- Will it be possible to play games across 3 monitors off of a single GTX560 Ti in the same way that you can using an AMD card with eyefinity, otherwise is it possible to do this with two cards in SLI?

Also as Ive never had any experience with EVGA parts before, user opinions on the company would be appreciated.

Thanks :) 
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 12:30:42 AM

The 560 ti is faster ===> 560 vs. 6870

If you dont mind the extra $$ get the gtx560 ti.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 6:18:38 AM

Like Embra said, the GTX 560 Ti is faster than the HD6870, super-overclocked would be a bit faster, not worth it though unless it's cheaper than the non-overclocked variations.
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 10:58:41 AM

GTX560Ti @stock is faster than 6870 stock, and as it's a SOC then it would be even better. If you have a nVidia card you need 2 cards for 3 monitors. Percentually 6870 scales better in CF than 560Ti in SLI, but it loses to it in FPS, because it's a weaker card.

EDIT: Typos
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 10:59:22 AM

with that small price difference get 560Ti hands down.
May 28, 2011 11:05:15 AM

If you want to run 3 monitors, you will have to go with ATI, nvidia the 560 can only support up to 2 cards by itself.
May 28, 2011 1:29:22 PM

thanks for the info. should a corsair hx650 be sufficient to power 2 560s in sli in a 2500k based system along with 2 hdds and the rest of the usual parts?
May 28, 2011 2:13:48 PM

If memory serves me right just, id go with a 750W or 850W.
a c 271 U Graphics card
May 28, 2011 2:26:46 PM

RealityClash said:
thanks for the info. should a corsair hx650 be sufficient to power 2 560s in sli in a 2500k based system along with 2 hdds and the rest of the usual parts?

I'm using a Corsair 620HX to run my GTX560Ti's and a 2600K rig.
June 5, 2011 4:49:06 AM

Mousemonkey said:
I'm using a Corsair 620HX to run my GTX560Ti's and a 2600K rig.

Thanks thats really reassuring :) 
Although Sapphire's 1GB 6950 has just dropped in price so I am now looking at eventually xfireing 2 of those instead. Are 6950's much more power hungry than GTX560 Ti's?

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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 5, 2011 9:00:26 AM
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RealityClash said:
Thanks thats really reassuring :) 
Although Sapphire's 1GB 6950 has just dropped in price so I am now looking at eventually xfireing 2 of those instead. Are 6950's much more power hungry than GTX560 Ti's?

No they are about the same.
a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2011 9:49:02 AM

OP: 6950s are even less power hungry than 560Tis, but the difference isn't that big unless you OC/ run the card under full stress.
June 6, 2011 1:03:46 AM

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June 6, 2011 1:04:19 AM

Sweet as, looks like I'm going with the 6950's then :) 
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 6:57:35 AM

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