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GTX 275 vs HD6950/GTX 560 upgrade

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July 22, 2011 7:14:14 PM

Long time reader, first time poster. I have an EVGA GTX 275 FTW (896MB) edition that I've had for ~2 years. It runs all games I currently play (adequately for most, gets taxed pretty fiercely by a couple of them), but I'm looking at upgrading before BF3 comes out.

So my questions are A) is it worth the upgrade and B) if so, which one is the better bang for the buck card? I've been an Nvidia guy, but am open to ATI if it's going to get me more performance for my dollar. Was looking at the 2GB versions of the 6950 and the GTX 560 ti. I can't find much detail on the next gen cards, so I'm not sure if those are going to be worth the wait vs a GTX 5xx/HD 6xxx series card. Current system specs are below. Budget is <$300. Thoughts?

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE
8GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1600
GTX 275
OCZ GameXStream 700w
Samsung 2343BWX (2048x1152)
July 22, 2011 7:20:07 PM

Looking at these specific cards. For the Radeon, Eyefinity/Flex is not a big concern for me, but I would buy the flex edition simply to have the ability to use it in the future, should I choose to. I do run dual displays, but my second monitor is a small 15 inch used solely for hardware monitoring, etc.

GTX 560 Ti

HD 6950
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 8:07:49 PM

GTX 560Ti ; reason; when newer titles come out, you'll be able to enable the use of physx(if the game played supports it) on par its as good as the 6950 but teh only upper hand any of these cards have is the the GTX 560Ti has Physx...thas a selling point for me. Otherwise, they are the same.

look at this chart and post back with where you find your GTX be located...:) 

Your a good candidate for a GPU upgrade as the GPU to be bought is actually 3 tiers higher than the one you own.

Everything else checks out fine :)  Your all set to put it in your cart.

Edit; you sure you need 2GB? the extra GB is for monitors having res's over 1080p/monitors running over 23"
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July 22, 2011 8:23:48 PM

I was just looking at that chart as a matter of fact. Makes me feel better about pulling the trigger on an upgrade. You don't think the 2GB version is worth it for my 23"/2048x1152?
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 8:28:12 PM

if your going multi monitor setup, then the 2GB comes into play, very nicely indeed. But if your running only ONE monitor at that res...1GB is plenty for gaming at 1080p btw, what res can you set for the titles you play?
July 22, 2011 8:33:14 PM

I run everything at 2048 (native for my monitor).
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 8:40:11 PM

pull the trigger! :) 
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 8:46:12 PM

If your playing on that resolution, the HD 6950 2GB will be better than the GTX 560 ti, due to 2GB frame buffer.
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 8:47:10 PM

the GTX 560Ti he has chosen has onboard 2GB memory.
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 8:49:37 PM

Oh, well get whichever is cheaper.
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 9:03:31 PM

Keep in mind the GTX560 and GTX560ti are NOT the same card.
July 22, 2011 9:52:21 PM

I know, the card I linked is a Ti. The 2GB 6950 and 560 Ti are virtually identical in price, so half of my question was which is the better buy. Seems like they're a wash, unless Physx becomes a much bigger factor in the next 2 years.
July 22, 2011 9:59:25 PM

6950 2gb is better at stock speeds, and if you get a reference version you can unlock to 6970 for free 5-10% boost :p 
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 11:08:34 PM

the 5-10% boost went out the window when card manufacturers came up with a lock on the bios...so erm...that free ticket flew away. Otherwise, I would've suggested the same in the beginning.
July 23, 2011 12:33:55 AM

Lutfij said:
the 5-10% boost went out the window when card manufacturers came up with a lock on the bios...so erm...that free ticket flew away. Otherwise, I would've suggested the same in the beginning.


theres still a few around, got 2 on ebay last month
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 2:19:08 AM

just get one thas brand new, wouldn't want you getting a pseudo brand new gpu from a shady/dodgy person...
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