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July 26, 2011 5:41:54 PM

Hello, my name is Clay and just recently my BFG Nvidia 9800 GT was overheating and went out on me and it's been a year or 2 since I bought it and I think it's time for an upgrade so to make a long story short I have been looking around at Card manufacturers and I thought BFG was good but they went out of business so I think I am going to go to EVGA since they have great quality and are pretty much the top of the line. Now I found a card I liked on New Egg and it is in my price range ($300.00 or so) and it was the GTX 560 TI DS Superclocked mainly because it looked good and it out performed all of the other 560's now I am mainly just wandering if I could be getting something better like a 570 for a better price or if this card would be the best I could get right now and also I was wandering what the main differences between the

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 DS HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

besides the DS fan so I would just like your guys' opinion on it.

Thanks, Clay

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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 6:11:13 PM

I too was a BFG fan and regret their deserting the video card market. And I too have transitioned to EVGA. And I had a BFG 6600 GT go out on me awhile back.

For the best card at different budget levels, take a look at the THG article on the subject (if you have not already):

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

I think you would be very happy with GTX 560 which is almost as fast as the 560 Ti but for less money. You can take a look at the THG review which discusses this issue and shows what you might expect from that card:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...

Here is a good EVGA GT 560 for only $175.

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

Or you could get one of the many higher clocked versions (or just overclock the one above yourself)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Of course, if you want better performance you can go with the 560 Ti or 570 instead. Only you can decide if the higher cost is worth the performance increment.

If you want to consider other cards, or just get some general information on upgrading since it has been two years, you might check out:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/

They have a lot of helpful information and links about doing upgrades.
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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 6:13:37 PM

Let's start off with the differences between the first 4 cards.

The very first one is not a Ti, the Ti model is a higher end model of the 560. You can see that evidenced in the amount of Stream Processors (Cores). It also has a lower memory, core, and shader clock speed.

For the other three, there's very slight differences. The DS Superclock and the Ti Superclock are actually the exact same card, minus the fan. The DS has a dual fan solution on it, which is different than the reference design. The third model, t he last of the 560's you linked, is the regular Ti version of the 560. It's not overclocked, so it has a lower clock speed than it's pre-overclocked cousins. Other than that, it's the same.

In regards to the 570's you linked, it's almost the same story, but not quite. The DS model you linked is NOT overclocked, while the reference fan design model you linked IS overclocked (this would be link number's 1 and 2 respectively).

In regards to your question about performance (and only to the cards you've linked, I won't go into the ATI vs Nvidia debate), I'm not sure what you'll be playing, at what resolution, what your power supply is, etc. Since you were happy with a 9800 GT, I could probably guess that a 560 Ti would suffice just fine. Don't bother with those pre-overclocked models, you can do that yourself very easily.

I hope this answers your questions. Please let us know if you need additional help.
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July 26, 2011 6:42:19 PM

Okay, thanks for the help. Also if I were to buy the 570 DS the is NOT Superclocked would I be able to superclock it afterwards?

-Thanks, Clay
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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 7:01:35 PM

clayestes said:
Okay, thanks for the help. Also if I were to buy the 570 DS the is NOT Superclocked would I be able to superclock it afterwards?

-Thanks, Clay


Yes
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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 7:02:42 PM

Superclock is a term used by video card companies, just defines that it's a very high overclock.

And yes, you can overclock your card after it's purchased. You would use a tool like MSI Afterburner, available from Guru3d.com

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a c 128 U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 7:17:27 PM

I like the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked. It's factory OC'd, warrantied at that performance level and has a limited lifetime warranty.

Even though you could perform your own overclock, there's no guarantee regarding where you be able to increase the clock to and while running stable.
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July 26, 2011 7:25:15 PM

Okay, i think i might just go with the 570 OC and also I was looking at the specs and one of the 560's had some higher numbers (I cant remember on what) but just making sure would the 570 Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... give me better performance than the 560's?
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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 7:29:13 PM

Any 570 will give better performance than a 560
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July 26, 2011 7:52:48 PM

Ok thanks for all the help.
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August 2, 2011 4:39:13 AM

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a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2011 7:25:51 AM

Yes any 570 will better the performance of the 560, but you can expect to pay about $300 minimum for the 570 Ti and only about $185 for a 560.

Th question is will the incremental performance, if any, in games be worth it to you?

Bear in mind that any increases in frames per second over about 40-50 fps will not be preceived nor improve game play, and the GTX 560 exceeds this in most games.

What resolution do you game at?
What PSU do you have? I assume you have already verified that it can power these new graphics cards.
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August 2, 2011 4:29:04 PM

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