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AMD 6950 vs gtx 560 ti vs gtx 570

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July 11, 2011 4:05:24 PM

I'm currently in the common debate between the 6950 and the 560 ti. What's your opinions on the two? How about the 570 -is it worth the extra cash if I can afford it? Obviously I know its better due to its price....

Edit: Ill be playing either 1680x1050 on my current monitor or possibly buying a new 1080p (1920x1080) monitor. I will be using only a single monitor, not a multiple screen setup. I was thinking the 1gb version when comparing it too the 560 ti but the 2gb version is always an option as well.

What I'm thinking on this build (first ever build!)

Case: Cooler Mast HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119197

CPU: i5 2500k

Mobo: Possible deal (I need advice on mobo's) MSI Z68a GD 65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.674899

OR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139005

GPU: One of the above

RAM: 4gb (or is 8 more appropriate?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231276

LG CD/DVD Burner

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
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July 11, 2011 4:37:53 PM

GTX 570. No contest. It will run just fine with any of Corsair's 650W offerings. If you'll only be running with one video card, choose a Z68 motherboard within your price range. You won't have to pay for the added SLI-ready:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Though if you want added expansion capabilities in the future, choose an SLI-ready motherboard (if you like MSI):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-130-...

and here's an SLI-ready Gigabyte model:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

July 11, 2011 4:47:55 PM

One, post monitor resolution, otherwise, its impossible to tell what you need. If it will be lower than 1080p, the 570 is the way to go. If 1080p or higher, the 6950 2GB will destroy the 570. Remember, also post which 6950 model you will buy, the 1 GB or 2GB. The 1 GB is no match for the 570. The 2 GB 6950 is on par with the 570, and can overclock a lot.
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July 11, 2011 4:50:37 PM

zodiac321 said:
One, post monitor resolution, otherwise, its impossible to tell what you need. If it will be lower than 1080p, the 570 is the way to go. If 1080p or higher, the 6950 2GB will destroy the 570. Remember, also post which 6950 model you will buy, the 1 GB or 2GB. The 1 GB is no match for the 570. The 2 GB 6950 is on par with the 570, and can overclock a lot.

Are you kidding? What are you basing your suggestion on?

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6950/8...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-6950-6970-review/2...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...
July 11, 2011 6:12:30 PM

zodiac321 said:
One, post monitor resolution, otherwise, its impossible to tell what you need. If it will be lower than 1080p, the 570 is the way to go. If 1080p or higher, the 6950 2GB will destroy the 570. Remember, also post which 6950 model you will buy, the 1 GB or 2GB. The 1 GB is no match for the 570. The 2 GB 6950 is on par with the 570, and can overclock a lot.


Ill be playing either 1680x1050 on my current monitor or possibly buying a new 1080p (1920x1080) monitor. I will be using only a single monitor, not a multiple screen setup. I was thinking the 1gb version when comparing it too the 560 ti but the 2gb version is always an option as well.
July 12, 2011 12:47:23 AM

Bump.
July 12, 2011 12:49:24 AM

6950 2gb, best price-performance (in between 560ti and 570 performance) and when oc'd goes to 570 speeds, if you get a reference vers its even better it can unlock to 6970
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July 12, 2011 2:25:54 AM

6950(2gb) was an excellent deal two months ago at $215; however, now that they are back up to $250, with the GTX570 at only $289, I'd try for the GTX570 if possible.
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July 12, 2011 8:52:49 AM

If it's in your budget, get the best card you can afford. In this case it's the 570.
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July 12, 2011 3:19:49 PM

uhm... 1680x1050 + 560Ti or higher = overkill
OP: you should be comparing 6950 to 570 not 560Ti, 560Ti is a lot slower than 6950 and many of them *560Tis* don't OC that well.. usually ~925Mhz is max. imo you should go for the cheapest or any good deal available...i cant load newegg website right now, but if prices haven't changed since i last visited it, you can find some 1GB 6950s for around 225$, thats around 15% higher price vs performance than that 570 for 289$. Btw, non-reference 6950 models can also be unlocked.
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July 12, 2011 3:25:12 PM

shrkbay said:
uhm... 1680x1050 + 560Ti or higher = overkill
OP: you should be comparing 6950 to 570 not 560Ti, 560Ti is a lot slower than 6950 and many of them *560Tis* don't OC that well.. usually ~925Mhz is max. imo you should go for the cheapest or any good deal available...i cant load newegg website right now, but if prices haven't changed since i last visited it, you can find some 1GB 6950s for around 225$, thats around 15% higher price vs performance than that 570 for 289$. Btw, non-reference 6950 models can also be unlocked.

With no AA, I'd agree with you on the 560 or 570 being overkill.

It's not overkill when you crank the AA+AA (16x or 32xAA + 8xAA transparency) Transparency up. Also, there's no guarantee the 6950 you get can be unlocked and it voids your warranty. There's actually nothing like it when these cards are cranking out this kind of video.
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July 12, 2011 3:34:56 PM

HD6870 is really very fine with AAs maxed on 16x10, but you are right GTX560Ti will be better. Usually you don't void the warranty when you flash and 90% of 6950s can be unlocked.
July 15, 2011 3:15:44 AM

Im not going to flash the 6950. So with that option out whats your opinions?

Also can you recommend brands? In my 570 research, it seems like alot of the models break after a few weeks or a month or so.
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July 15, 2011 9:42:35 AM

Take whatever you've read about video cards "break"ing with a grain of salt. Most functioning video cards, unfortunately, go unreported.

570s are great cards. I would say a majority of larger companies do a good job of honoring their warranties. If you don't OC the card beyond the factory OC if such is the case, you won't have anything to worry about.

This reference spec PNY card has a lifetime warranty:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both of my PNY cards are plugging away just fine. Haven't had to deal with their warranty department, so I wouldn't know... My experience with this company so far is they put out a quality product.

If I were going to spend any more, it would be either on an MSI (reference) with a 3/2 warranty:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or on a Gigabyte (factory OC) with a 3/3 warranty:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 15, 2011 9:45:54 AM

ASUS, MSI - usually best quality, performance and warranty, eVGA - good, but i haven't seen any good models for latest cards, XFX - more or less same as eVGA.
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July 15, 2011 7:41:36 PM

That would be a good choice as well and yes it will fit your case. Go for it!
July 15, 2011 7:51:59 PM

ubercake said:
That would be a good choice as well and yes it will fit your case. Go for it!


Tyvm for your help!
One last question. I know absolutely nothing about motherboards (haha). Are any of these good? Or could you recommend me one? Thanks! :D 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (this one is packaged with a i5 2500k for like 20 bucks off)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 15, 2011 7:56:05 PM

Yeah. Go for that MSI board if you get a deal ( and it's SLI ready :)  ).
July 15, 2011 8:00:17 PM

ubercake said:
Yeah. Go for that MSI board if you get a deal ( and it's SLI ready :)  ).


Cool, thanks for your help! :sol: 
September 29, 2011 4:59:10 PM

You guys are all crazy. Price per performance, 560Ti SLI is best bang for your buck.... For $480 you get TWO GTX560Ti's, and before you start saying "Why not get a single GTX580 that would be sooo much better" look your numbers up

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...

Beats a 580 by 20fps in many cases. That's what I do, why pay $330 for a single 570 that ONLY gets 4to6 fps more in most games than a 560Ti that only costs $240??? Get a 560, then buy another when you can and you'll be set for a few years
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