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Another 6950 2gb vs 560 Ti problem

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June 30, 2011 9:44:40 AM

Hello, I just can't decide between these two cards, I am a new pc enthusiast. I love playing games, modding computers and I do much of photo and video editing.

The evga gtx 560 Ti DS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
in our country this costs about 13,800

The Sapphire HD 6950 2gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This costs about 14,000 and I actually found one on about 12,000.

Basically I have these three criteria in choosing a video card:
-How well it will perform on games (i love sweet phys X effects)
-How well it will perform on rendering graphics, photoshop works and video editing
-How well it will look on a windowed case

I heard the 6950 2gb can be unlocked and is faster than the 560 Ti however the phys X factor is just one thing to consider so I remain undecided.

BTW, my current specs:
i7 950
TT litepower 700W
OCZ gold 6gb 1600mhz
Crucial C300 64gb
palit gtx 470 (burned)

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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 9:59:36 AM

If you're going to get a 2GB version for cheaper than the 560 Ti it's a no brainer. PhysX is more of a novelty than anything else. nvidia might be faster for Adobe but both cards are really fast anyways.

They're both going to look like slabs of PCB with a heatsink on it.
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June 30, 2011 10:07:46 AM

Hey im gonna buy a GPU too. the best deal i found was on a HD6870. about Rs11,300.. Can to tell me where i can find that Hd6950 for 12k ?
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June 30, 2011 10:11:13 AM


@gow_online: Sorry but I'm from the Philippines.
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June 30, 2011 1:40:25 PM

From the 3 points listed in your criteria, I think your decision is clear. Nvidia.
What happened to your 470?
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July 4, 2011 8:47:41 AM

well, idk, it just wont work again after fatally crashing. xD. I sent it for RMA for palit to check.
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a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 9:56:12 AM

If you can really get the Sapphire 2GB for P12,000 then go for it.

Performance wise, there is no clear winner. Just look at this link:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/293?vs=330&i=187...

But if you plan to go on >2 monitors in the future, get the HD 6950. If you can find the Sapphire 6950 2GB Flex Edition there in Manila, go for it. It can support 3 monitors out of the box without the need for Display Port adaptors.
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July 8, 2011 2:25:19 AM

I've been canvasing around stores there in Manila and here in Baguio, also I have had professional advise from my professors at school. Almost everyone had similar answer: HD6950 is a cheap high-end video card while gtx560 Ti is a luxury mid-end video card.
So I got the HD6950.
And later will use a 260 or 460 as a physX card.
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 6:18:00 AM

Congratulations! Using an additional nVidia card as PhysX card is tricky since you need to use some hacked drivers to make the AMD & nVidia work together.

Good luck there too...
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