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6950 vs 5870 vs GTX560TI SOC

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a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 6:37:55 AM

I've currently got a system running two HD6850s in Crossfire, however I've never had any performance increase and crossfire has been nothing but problems, so I'm going to sell my two 6850s and purchase one single more powerful card.

Currently I have found the HD6950 for £199 @ http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
The HD5870 for £148 @ http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=169...
And the GTX560TI SOC for £221 @ http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-560ti...

Which is the outright best card, which is the best value and which do you recommend the most? Any other ideas are welcome.

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June 7, 2011 7:13:56 AM

What processor do you have? Probably a bottlenecking problem. If you're set on getting a new card the 560 Ti SOC is the best card and the 5870 is easily the best value. Go for the 5870 if you really insist on getting rid of the 6850s (which should outperfomr all of these card by a wide margin).
June 7, 2011 7:22:37 AM

I'm running on Phenom 2 x4 955 with 6850 xfired, no problems so far. Drivers 11.4.

Performance increased when playing AC2 and Oblivion.

What's your driver version? What processor do you have?
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June 7, 2011 7:29:37 AM

alikum said:
I'm running on Phenom 2 x4 955 with 6850 xfired, no problems so far. Drivers 11.4.

Performance increased when playing AC2 and Oblivion.

What's your driver version? What processor do you have?


I'm surprised that the 955 is running those things in CF; did you overclock?

Also did you run some benchmarks? I'm sure they're working since you see increased performance but I was just wondering if you see any bottlenecking.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:59:38 AM

I'm running an AMD Athlon X4 635 running at 3.4GHZ, would this be the reason? If so, what CPU would be worthy of running my 6850s?

thanks
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:59:42 AM

I'm running an AMD Athlon X4 635 running at 3.4GHZ, would this be the reason? If so, what CPU would be worthy of running my 6850s?

thanks
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:59:45 AM

I'm running an AMD Athlon X4 635 running at 3.4GHZ, would this be the reason? If so, what CPU would be worthy of running my 6850s?

thanks
June 7, 2011 12:31:24 PM

I had the sapphire 5870 vapor-x and from yesterday i'm running a msi 560 hawk the performance i see is about 30-50% up depends to the game.Rather than the 560 soc i would advice to go for the hawk because it has more features and its better.The only thing i dont like on the hawk its the noise it makes it much louder than my 5870 vapor-x (dont know about the reference) but in games you dont pay attention to the noise.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 3:31:25 PM

If the cpu is the problem which cpu could I get that is powerful enough? In reply to the above post, isn't the gtxt560 lower end than the ti version? Especially the soc because its crazily overclocked.

Would be best if I could keep my 6850s as they'll easily beat the above cards. Sorry for the triple post as well.
June 7, 2011 3:32:30 PM

ignoranceabound said:
I'm surprised that the 955 is running those things in CF; did you overclock?

Also did you run some benchmarks? I'm sure they're working since you see increased performance but I was just wondering if you see any bottlenecking.

Well, first off, sorry TS for hijacking your thread.

Nope, I don't usually run benchmarks. If you've played AC / AC2, you would've noticed a lag especially when you synchronize view at the top of some buildings. With xfire, I no longer notice such lag. I am getting 60fps most of the time with v-sync on (40ish with single 6850). Yea, its a mild overclock at 3.6GHz. Pretty smooth for me.

Forgot to mention, FPS measured using FRAPS
June 7, 2011 3:37:07 PM

The 6950 2gb consistently beats both the 560 ti and the 5870. For the most part, it is the most versatile card of the three. 2gb video ram with the possibility of unlocking dormant power, no doubt go for the 6950 2gb version.
June 7, 2011 3:38:45 PM

tjcoops said:
I'm running an AMD Athlon X4 635 running at 3.4GHZ, would this be the reason? If so, what CPU would be worthy of running my 6850s?

thanks

If you can hold out a little longer, I suggest waiting for Bulldozer to drop by, which is rumoured to be in another month or so. Changing to a single card would also boost your performance because multi-card solution requires good a CPU to scale well. Well, choice is yours.

You have 3 options.

1. Sell off the 6850s, get the 6950 or 560Ti, which ever you prefer and see yourself gain some performance out of it.
2. Upgrade CPU / Mobo to Sandy Bridge, preferably i52500 and keep the 6850s. You will immediately see performance increase.
3. Wait for BD to drop by. Many are skeptical about its performance, but I have high hope for it.
June 7, 2011 3:39:52 PM

cronos177 said:
The 6950 2gb consistently beats both the 560 ti and the 5870. For the most part, it is the most versatile card of the three. 2gb video ram with the possibility of unlocking dormant power, no doubt go for the 6950 2gb version.

If I'm not mistaken, the unlocking only applies to reference boards.
June 7, 2011 3:43:29 PM

alikum said:
If I'm not mistaken, the unlocking only applies to reference boards.


Even so, the 6950 2gb performance is more consistent than the other 2 GPUs. Unlocking is just a bonus.
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