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July 3, 2011 12:53:21 PM

Hey, i have some questions about these cards: gtx 560 ti hawk, r6850, r6950 1gb (unlocked to 6970).

1. Which one of them has the best value (price/performance ratio) in single gpu?

2. Which one of them has the best value in dual gpu?

3. Which one best suits this system?

cpu: fx-6110
mobo: Sabertooth 990fx
psu: tx 750
ram: ripjaws 2x2gb
used for (most to least important): gaming, daily task, video editing, graphic design

All suggestions are welcome, my budget is 260$ cad or less

Thank you

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July 3, 2011 10:31:13 PM

Correction : r6950 2gb (unlock to 6970)
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a c 268 U Graphics card
July 3, 2011 11:56:46 PM

Value relates price to performance.
These days, all video cards are close to the same value.
For gaming, get the best card your budget will allow. It is the most important component for gaming performance.
If you don't get what you want, you will have paid too much. In this case, the 6970 > 6950> GTX560ti.

If you have not yet bought the fx-6110 you might reconsider.
A 6 core cpu is not well suited to games. Very few games use more than 2 cores, let alone 4 or 6.
At the fx-6110 intro price of $240, it will not be competitive with the 2500K.
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July 4, 2011 12:13:37 AM

geofelt said:
In this case, the 6970 > 6950> GTX560ti.

Im sorry but, my budget doesn't allow me to get a 6970. Atm, im considering either gigabyte 6950 1g or msi 560 ti hawk. but if the 6850 offer superior value and better crossfire scaling, i may get that one.

geofelt said:

A 6 core cpu is not well suited to games. Very few games use more than 2 cores, let alone 4 or 6.
At the fx-6110 intro price of $240, it will not be competitive with the 2500K.

thank you, appreciate it :) 
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a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 12:27:08 AM

Its this a trip from the (near) future? AFAIK, BD hasn't shipped yet, nor has pre-orders started.

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July 4, 2011 12:30:05 AM

Timop said:
Its this a trip from the (near) future? AFAIK, BD hasn't shipped yet, nor has pre-orders started.

i didn't buy it or pre-order it, just planning a new system. :D 
But pre-orders of bulldozer cpu have already started on a chinese site
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=10578167596 <---if you can understand chinese
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a c 268 U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 12:36:59 AM

If your budget does not allow a 6970, then it does not allow a second card for sli.
If you are talking about a future graphics upgrade, then at that time, the new generation cards should be here, and they will likely offer better performance than current cards. A sli upgrade of a then obsolete card will not be attractive.

GTX560ti > 6850

The value is the same.

For a change in the value equation, consider ebay. Look for an individual selling a used GTX480 or GTX570 who is upgrading to GTX590 or such.
Check feedback carefully.
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July 4, 2011 1:56:40 AM

but, i have another question, is it true that the gtx 560 ti hawk edition can be compared to the gtx 570?
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a c 268 U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 4:29:21 AM

Respect_ said:
but, i have another question, is it true that the gtx 560 ti hawk edition can be compared to the gtx 570?


The hawk is a highly overclocked GTX560ti. It has 384 processor cores compared to the GTX570 with 480.

Compared to a stock GTX570, it is close. But the GTX570 can be overclocked also.

Again the value equation is about the same. In graphics cards, you get what you pay for. It is very competitive.

You will not notice any difference in performance between cards that are similarly priced.

For what it is worth, I do not like the hawk type coolers that dump hot graphics air back into the case where case cooling has to deal with it.
That hot air makes both the gpu and cpu hotter. I like the dual slot direct exhaust type coolers better.
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July 4, 2011 11:49:59 AM

geofelt said:
The hawk is a highly overclocked GTX560ti. It has 384 processor cores compared to the GTX570 with 480.

Compared to a stock GTX570, it is close. But the GTX570 can be overclocked also.

Again the value equation is about the same. In graphics cards, you get what you pay for. It is very competitive.

You will not notice any difference in performance between cards that are similarly priced.

For what it is worth, I do not like the hawk type coolers that dump hot graphics air back into the case where case cooling has to deal with it.
That hot air makes both the gpu and cpu hotter. I like the dual slot direct exhaust type coolers better.

Big thanks for all your answers, it helped me alot. :)  :)  :) 

How can you tell if a card is direct external exhaust or not?
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a c 268 U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 2:08:34 PM

Respect_ said:
Big thanks for all your answers, it helped me alot. :)  :)  :) 

How can you tell if a card is direct external exhaust or not?


This is an example of a direct exhaust type cooler, all of the hot air goes out the rear:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is an example of a recirculating type cooler, none of the hot air is sent out of the rear:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one has some elements of both:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 4, 2011 3:01:56 PM

Thank you geofelt for your precious help, i think i'll go with the gtx 560 ti hawk since i have a nice airflow case. The only problem is that the price has climbed since the last few weeks/days, i'll wait a little before purchasing it.
:) 
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July 4, 2011 3:11:29 PM

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a c 272 U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 3:40:16 PM

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