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October 4, 2011 7:17:32 PM

Hi,

I want to seek your advice on picking a GFX from the similarly priced lot. My head is going to burst with all the reviews and comparisons i have been reading lately.

MSI 560 ti TF3 (HAWK)
Radeon 6950 1 gb TF3
Radeon 6950 2 gb

and i am open to suggestions, so please suggest a card below 300$ (strictly).

My specs

i5 2500k
4 gb corsair ddr3
MSI H67MA-E35 (i know it sucks. Will change it soon)
1 tb hdd WD black caviar
22 inch monitor. Play at 1080p.
Windows 7 Ultimate
cooler master 600W (Will change when i will sli/crossfire)

I am going to sli/crossfire in future. (take this into consideration)

Please rate the cards on basis of cooling, performance in sli/crossfire, play at 1080p (single monitor), driver performance etc.

Thank you..

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a c 253 U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 7:56:48 PM

MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $319.99 with a $30 rebate making it $289.99 and free shipping.

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

Sometimes you can get a good deal when a card is on sale like this one , you can get a GTX 570 for under your $300 budget.
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October 4, 2011 8:04:12 PM

inzone said:
MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $319.99 with a $30 rebate making it $289.99 and free shipping.

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

Sometimes you can get a good deal when a card is on sale like this one , you can get a GTX 570 for under your $300 budget.


I am in a similar dilemma and newegg wont work for me as i am in india. :(  And that is a killer deal. :cry: 

Can you suggest out of the three considering future prospects of sli/crossfire.
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a c 253 U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 8:09:28 PM

I would go with the Hawk as it is clocked higher than the others (950mhz)
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October 4, 2011 8:10:06 PM

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...newegg wont work for me.... Can you suggest out of the three considering future prospects of sli/crossfire.


Same situation. :??: 
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October 4, 2011 8:12:14 PM

Based on your question you can place these three cards in the following order with one being the lowest.

3. Radeon 6950 2 gb
2. Radeon 6950 1 gb TF3 (Best suited for you)
1. MSI 560 ti TF3 (HAWK)

Also this info is in Best Graphics Cards For The Money: September 2011 article on Tom’s.
Best PCIe Card For ~$185: Tie
GeForce GTX 560 (Check Prices)
Great 1920x1200 performance in most games
GeForce GTX 560
Codename: GF114
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 336
Texture Units: 56
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core/Shader Speed MHz: 810 / 1620
Memory Speed MHz: 1002 (4008 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model:
DX 11/SM 5
160 W
The new GeForce GTX 560 is, in essence, an overclocked GeForce GTX 460 with optimizations for power. Its improvements make it a great competitor for AMD's Radeon HD 6870. Both boards introduce impressive gaming performance that we simply haven't seen before under the $200 price point.
Read our full review of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Best PCIe Card For ~$240:
Radeon HD 6950 1 GB (Check Prices)
Excellent 1920x1200 performance, Good 2560x1600 performance in most games with lowered detail
Radeon HD 6950 1 GB
Codename: "Cayman"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 1408
Texture Units: 88
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 800
Memory Speed MHz: 1250 (5000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 200 W

AMD dropped half of the reference Radeon HD 6950's on-board memory to give us this 1 GB model, and the price fell accordingly. At $240, there really isn't any competition for this powerful, yet conservatively-priced graphics card. It outperforms the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in enough situations, on average, to score the sole recommendation.
In addition, some users have unlocked shader cores artificially disabled by AMD through a firmware update, transforming this board into an underclocked 1 GB version of AMD's Radeon HD 6970.
Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6950 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Best PCIe Card For ~$270:
Radeon HD 6950 2 GB (Check Prices)
Excellent 1920x1200 performance, Good 2560x1600 performance in most games with lowered detail
Radeon HD 6950 2 GB
Codename: "Cayman"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 1408
Texture Units: 88
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 800
Memory Speed MHz: 1250 (5000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP: 200 W

The Radeon HD 6950 offers similar performance as AMD's previous-generation single-GPU flagship, the Radeon HD 5870. A pair of these cards in CrossFire are a force to be reckoned with, as the company noticeably improved scaling compared to some of its previous efforts.
There's another reason to consider this model. Many folks have had luck modding this board into a fully-functional Radeon HD 6970 through a firmware update. If you can pull that off, the value of the 2 GB Radeon HD 6950 seems pretty clear.
Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6950 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
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October 4, 2011 8:23:58 PM

KenZen2B said:
Based on your question you can place these three cards in the following order with one being the lowest.

3. Radeon 6950 2 gb
2. Radeon 6950 1 gb TF3 (Best suited for you)
1. MSI 560 ti TF3 (HAWK)

Also this info is in Best Graphics Cards For The Money: September 2011 article on Tom’s.


yes i have seen this article. But here stock 560 ti has been compared to 6950 1 gb, but the 560ti hawk performs comparably to 6950 2gb as per many reviews. Experts fill in.

Actually this is what got me thinking. They perform almost same and along with 2gb future proof and nvidia 's refined drivers, its very difficult to choose.

Which one will perform better in a sli/crossfire and has better drivers for the task??
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a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 8:48:03 PM

Im favoring the Hawk due to cooling, low noise and The ability to tinker with it. That really works for me, I realy dont see how you can lose with these options.
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