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What is the difference between these two gtx 560 ti(s)

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May 31, 2011 10:40:11 PM

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004KZHRAM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306881140&sr=8-1

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XUCCRM/ref=dp_olp_new_map?ie=UTF8&qid=1306765876&sr=1-5&condition=new

One of them says DS and it costs more, but specs are exactly the same. I went on EVGA website, specs same, DS cost more, both lifetime warranty. The only difference i see is that DS has 2 fans (?).

Also on a broader note, I'm thinking between getting this card and

XFX Radeon 6950 1 GB

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-6950-800M-Video-HD695XZNFC/dp/B004LB5AT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306881483&sr=8-1

The 6950 1GB is cheaper and is suppose to be better than regular gtx 560 ti. However, its the XFX one has gotten a significantly percentage of bad reviews from amazon and newegg.

What do you guys think?

Thanks

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May 31, 2011 10:46:14 PM

I believe the only difference between the normal model and the DS is that the DS is "Dual shot"- meaning two fans. Performance wise, I believe the 6950 beats the stock GTX 560 Ti, but when the 560 is overclocked it becomes much better. Also, you can turn the 6950 into a 6970 quite easily, just google it. The cards are very similar, it's really up to personal preference.
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May 31, 2011 11:27:43 PM

I see, thanks for the info.

Yes the 6950 can turn into a 6970, but you need a unlockable one, a 6950 2GB "reference card", and those cost a lot more than a normal 6950 1GB. The gtx 560 ti OCed right now is still cheaper by maybe $20-$40.
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June 1, 2011 2:17:06 AM

imChewy said:
I see, thanks for the info.

Yes the 6950 can turn into a 6970, but you need a unlockable one, a 6950 2GB "reference card", and those cost a lot more than a normal 6950 1GB. The gtx 560 ti OCed right now is still cheaper by maybe $20-$40.


No. People have not read up on this in a long time I see.

To flash the 6950 into a fully fledged 6970, you do need a 2G model, but it does not have to be reference. The feature that "reference" models have is that they contain 2 bios's within the same card. Hence, if you try to flash the card and it fails, you have a back up bios that you can switch to with basically no risk. You CAN try to flash any non reference (no switch) 2G model to a 6970, but it is more risky that you can screw up your card.

On the other hand, you can just grab any old 6950 model, do a simple re-flash of the identical bios the card already has, just this time unlocking the shaders on the card instead. Basically switch a no to a yes to unlock the shaders - the main difference between the two cards. Once unlocked, you can then overclock your 6950 to the normal 6970 clocks and you get the same performance with MUCH less risk.

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June 11, 2011 1:33:20 AM

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