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Gtx 560 ti 2gb vs hd 6950 2gb

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October 12, 2011 7:26:51 PM

I am trying to buy a new graphic card to play battlefield 3 at 1920x1080. I am choosing between gtx 560 ti 2gb and hd 6950 2gb. Which one is better? Thx!

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October 13, 2011 5:04:01 AM

The 6950 2Gb will give you better framerates over the GTX 560 Ti. But like clutchc said 560 Ti is cheaper.
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October 13, 2011 2:45:34 PM

clutchc said:
This may help you decide.
http://www.hwcompare.com/8889/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-rad...
On the other hand, it may just make you more confused... :pt1cable: 

Thanks for the benchmarks but every other benchmark test I've seen on the internet has said that 6950 outperforms 560 Ti, and especially in Xfire. Also, (Tom's hardware said) it performs almost on par with the 6990 which is around $750.
here is a hierarchy chart for all cards...
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...
I mean yes, they aren't the best but they are the best for the money. Especially since I don't want to spend $200 more dollars to get a 5 framerate boost. or spend $500 more and get a 10-15 framerate boost when these 2 cards will play a game at 80Fps (for example) already. Why would I even need to play it at 95, for an extra $500? I'm looking for is to get the most graphically demanding games that I play to at least 60fps, and these cards will do just fine.
However I would like to implement PhysX for the extra beauty. And I've seen the guides to do it but they are all over a year old with (currently) outdated cards (At least from what I've found).
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October 13, 2011 4:59:27 PM

I also like ati because of Eyefinity. It gives it total advantage over nvidia video cards.
People like nvidia because of better drivers. But i haven't had a problem with Ati's drivers yet. Also because of physx. Which i've only really seen being valuable in one game; Batman. Lol
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October 13, 2011 5:54:49 PM

@Djentleman

Why do you love eyeinfinity so much when with a 6850 eyeinfinity will mostly be a slideshow....?

Furthermore, Nvidia has 3d surround, which requires sli but the bottom line is that you will need a decent sli or crossfire setup to run triple monitors so I see no advantage there for AMD aside from gpus with 2GB of vram when you are running triple 1080p screens or higher no doubt you will likely benefit fromt he extra vram.... but personally that would be a big enough advantage for me to not sli my current gtx 560ti (if I were to go the triple monitor route personally)

have you ever played metro 2033? physX is absolutley stunning in that game but I admit that physx for most people is just a performance killer, the visuals are cool but I can suffice without them and there are plenty of physics heavy games that look stunning with there own dedicated physics engine ie frosbite 3.0

I agree that Batman is cool with Physx but Ive never really had a dedicated phyx card to crank it to the maximum and it still be satisfyingly playable

Arg.... thats my 2 cents on the matter anyhow, back to nba 2k12
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October 13, 2011 6:43:58 PM

laxidate said:
Thanks for the benchmarks but every other benchmark test I've seen on the internet has said that 6950 outperforms 560 Ti, and especially in Xfire. Also, (Tom's hardware said) it performs almost on par with the 6990 which is around $750.
here is a hierarchy chart for all cards...
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...
I mean yes, they aren't the best but they are the best for the money. Especially since I don't want to spend $200 more dollars to get a 5 framerate boost. or spend $500 more and get a 10-15 framerate boost when these 2 cards will play a game at 80Fps (for example) already. Why would I even need to play it at 95, for an extra $500? I'm looking for is to get the most graphically demanding games that I play to at least 60fps, and these cards will do just fine.
However I would like to implement PhysX for the extra beauty. And I've seen the guides to do it but they are all over a year old with (currently) outdated cards (At least from what I've found).

Sorry i put this in the wrong fourm...
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October 13, 2011 6:53:06 PM

@jj
It wouldn't be a slide show lol. Yes with 1080p, but if you were going with a res of 1024*768 with three monitors; You'd be fine. Maybe not MAX settings, but good luck finding MAX settings and not pay an arm and a leg. Especially for eyefinity
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October 13, 2011 8:55:33 PM

yeah actually it would be kinda fun to run triple 720p screens with a 6850, im guessing you could get maybe medium settings?
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October 13, 2011 10:25:47 PM

I belive he was speaking of a 6950, not a 6850.
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October 14, 2011 12:18:47 AM

There is absolutely no reason to buy the 2GB model of the GTX 560 Ti unless you plan on buying two to run in SLI, which can readily outperform a GTX 580 or an HD 5970 and, if I'm not mistaken, compete pretty evenly with a single HD 6990. If you decide to go with the GTX 560 Ti SLI setup, I'd recommend this card -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Although it is currently sold out.

Here are some benchmarks for the 1GB version in SLI -
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_t...

The 6950 CrossFireX setup had a huge advantage over the GTX 560 Ti SLI setup at higher resolutions with anti-aliasing, in part because of its extra 1GB of VRAM. So, if Hardocp or Tom's Hardware or Techpowerup or whoever ran a series of benchmarks for this new 2GB GTX 560 Ti card in SLI, I wonder whether that would still be the case. I have read that the limited memory bandwidth of the GTX 560 Ti compared to, say, the GTX 570 or 580 means that the full 2GB of VRAM isn't fully utilized when playing games that would require all of that memory to begin with.

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The common argument is that, if you are looking to upgrade your GPU setup, there's really no reason to go out of your way to buy two separate cards (GTX 560 Ti SLI) to get marginally better performance than a more powerful single card (GTX 580) in the same exact price range ($450-550 USD). If saves you the hassle of having to worry about SLI driver issues, and allows for the possibility for adding a second higher-tier card later on.
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