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GTX 560 VS 6950 1GB VS 6950 2GB

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June 6, 2011 5:24:06 PM

Hi guys, before starting I know this is a common question being asked!
But I have my own situations and that's why I'm asking for your pro tips maybe from own experience or perhaps from facts!

I'm planning to have this rig that plays on a 1920x1080 resolution. I'm not planning on going multi monitor. And I am into SLI/CF, but maybe not right away, I'm still gonna test if I would be needing the extra juice for another card.

I'm not so sure how these cards are sold but local stores here sells GTX 560 and 6950 1GB identically.
And also theres the 6950 2GB which only has a $23 premium. These AMD cards are Sapphire which means I would be able to unlock the 2GB to 6970. (I've read a review where different brands of 6950 where being unlocked and Sapphire gave a nice 100% success rate out of 100+ cards)

Also please take note that I'm an avid fan of Blizzard games (SC2,WoW, Diablo 3 soon!) which tends to favor NVIDIA a lot! Making GTX 560 even better than a 6970 (I could be wrong... not so sure!). But that doesn't mean I only play those games, if I got this new rig, I would really love to play some bleeding edge graphics game so yeah I'm not even sure why I'm saying this and please don't get confused.

Finally, I said I am into SLI but if there is a nice reason to go a single 580 then please tell so. I'm not going into 580 SLi as I think that is overkill for a 1920x1080 single monitor setup unless valid reason appears OR if I just feel like doing so.....which is bad.

So given my situations and other facts such as driver support which then again I believe tends to favor NVIDIA and etc., which is the BEST BANG for the BUCK!?
a c 272 U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 5:32:30 PM

I went for a pair of GTX560's in SLi and so far they rock! [:mousemonkey:4]
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June 6, 2011 5:55:11 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I went for a pair of GTX560's in SLi and so far they rock! [:mousemonkey:4]


Yes, that is also my thought! But there is this part of me that really wants to go for the best deal, and another darker side that wanted the best of the best!

Rather than getting some benchmarks comparison, WHICH I do always check on different sites, I think I would be needing an explanation on how to choose the cards, lol.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 6:03:30 PM

I prefer to SLi cards that give better performance of the flagship card as it always leaves the ability to continue using the machine if one fails for some reason plus the cards can go into two different machines as and when they get replaced in the future, like my 8800GT's have been and my 7900GT's were before that.
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June 6, 2011 6:06:08 PM

I have 460s in SLi overclocked; a bit overkill for the resolution. It's probably cheaper to get a 480 right now...
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June 6, 2011 7:37:25 PM

6950crossfire is the way to go. just mod them to 6970 like i did and surpass gtx560's
noticeably !
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June 6, 2011 11:36:18 PM

You do realize you can overclock a GTX 560 Ti faster than the 6970 right?

If you can find one the GTX 480 is faster than both the GTX 560 Ti and the 6950.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
June 6, 2011 11:48:13 PM

For a single card I'd say get a 6950 2GB if you can afford it (one with a switch for the backup BIOS) and try to unlock it.
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June 7, 2011 12:14:03 AM

What's the point of 2GB of VRAM for a single card; at 1080p you do not need more than 1GB of VRAM and for resolutions above 1080p a single 6950 isn't fast enough.
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