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Is the GTX 570 worth $80 more than HD 6950?

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October 22, 2011 5:06:01 AM

Hi, I'm looking to slowly upgrade my rig in the near/not so near future. The GTX 570 is around $325 while the HD 6950 can be found for around $240. Is it worth the $80 extra or should I save that money for other upgrades and go for the HD 6950?

Also, (I apoligize if this is a dumb question), what port will give me a better picture, VGA, DVI, or HDMI? Thanks

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October 22, 2011 5:17:54 AM

You need to tell us your resolution and what you plan to do or play. You will be well off with the 6950 but if you plan to play BF3 like everyone else, go with the 570.

Just know that you get a better performance/price ratio with most AMD card.
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October 22, 2011 5:27:39 AM

My current resolution is 1280 x 1040 but upgrading the monitor is also on the agenda (hopefully keep that around $100). BF3 is a maybe but my current list is Mass Effect 3, Metro 2033, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Just Cause 2, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Skyrim (eventually), and Witcher 2
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October 22, 2011 5:28:18 AM

The cheaper 900 MHz 560 Ti is a better performer than the 6950 at 1920 x 1200 and below.....at 2560 x 1600, the 6950 looks better.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 210.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.44 - $ 0.56
$ 260.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.54 - $ 0.69
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 320.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.61 - $ 0.73
$ 480.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.78 - $ 1.01
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October 22, 2011 3:27:09 PM

The difference in performance is around 20% and the 6950 is ~30% cheaper.
Bang for buck = price/performance
y = 0,8x
6950 = 240$/y = 240$/0,8x = 300$/x
570 = 325$/x
x - performance of GTX570
y - performance of HD6950

6950 wins by ~10%. Problem Solved.
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October 22, 2011 5:37:21 PM

shrkbay said:
The difference in performance is around 20% and the 6950 is ~30% cheaper.
Bang for buck = price/performance
y = 0,8x
6950 = 240$/y = 240$/0,8x = 300$/x
570 = 325$/x
x - performance of GTX570
y - performance of HD6950

6950 wins by ~10%. Problem Solved.


I have a question. How can I figure out that 20% difference? I'm curious because I might want to compare other GPU's as well. I appreciate the info!
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a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2011 5:40:03 PM

look at fps benchmarks for the cards and do the math
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October 22, 2011 6:19:19 PM

^Thank you.
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October 25, 2011 3:39:13 AM

Ok, one last question and I will be finished with this thread, (btw, I really appreciate all of the advice). Is there any point to crossfiring the 6950 if I'm only planning on using one monitor (probably 20'-23') with a resolution of 1900x1080. I'm new to this so forgive me for all of the questions.
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October 25, 2011 6:14:22 AM

Josh5890 said:
Ok, one last question and I will be finished with this thread, (btw, I really appreciate all of the advice). Is there any point to crossfiring the 6950 if I'm only planning on using one monitor (probably 20'-23') with a resolution of 1900x1080. I'm new to this so forgive me for all of the questions.

Only if you want to max everything out for the next couple years
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October 25, 2011 3:35:27 PM

^No, it won't max out Metro2033 :D . IMO there's no sence to CF 6950s right now, unless you're a hardcore gamer, you'll be able to CF them anytime you feel you need it anyway..
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October 25, 2011 3:43:26 PM

shrkbay said:
^No, it won't max out Metro2033 :D . IMO there's no sence to CF 6950s right now, unless you're a hardcore gamer, you'll be able to CF them anytime you feel you need it anyway..

Trust me, I'm not cf 6950's right now because I won't be able to afford it. I'm looking at possibly cf in the not so near future (6-8 months down the road). I just want to know if it will be worth it.
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October 25, 2011 10:38:37 PM

No, go buy two 6950's at ebay for 200 bucks, sli em, and beat the 570's performance in sli due to better scaling, thank you; goodnight. btw u wont notice the diffrence between single cards (6950 vs 570)
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October 25, 2011 11:30:49 PM

shrkbay said:
^No, it won't max out Metro2033 :D . IMO there's no sence to CF 6950s right now, unless you're a hardcore gamer, you'll be able to CF them anytime you feel you need it anyway..

Maybe not the benchmark but the in game is very different
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October 25, 2011 11:42:18 PM

Mid-highgfx said:
No, go buy two 6950's at ebay for 200 bucks, sli em, and beat the 570's performance in sli due to better scaling, thank you; goodnight. btw u wont notice the diffrence between single cards (6950 vs 570)


I don't feel comfortable with buying pc hardware on ebay. Do you guys recommend that? Maybe I'll wait for black friday
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October 25, 2011 11:56:17 PM

If you plan on Xfiring within the short term I suggest you go with 6850's instead of 6950's they are cheaper and you can probably find 2x6850's for the cost of (1) GTX570 but you get the performance that is no worse than a GTX580.

if you absolutely have your heart set on a 6950, make sure that it has a bios switch and can be upgraded to a 6970.

I believe the 6950 MSI Twin Frozr III 2gb is the best card on the market if you are looking for cost/flashing to 6970.

Recently I ended up going with the Gigabyte Windforce 2 GTX570 due to its ability to run at GTX580 speeds and its easy temperament to overclocking.

At 890mhz, I max's out at 60-65c under full load on Deus Ex:HR at 1080p maxed with no noticeable slowdown. (Depends on ambient room temp, last night at 3am it was running at 57c, it was a cold night in SoCal though.)
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October 26, 2011 1:10:17 AM

Josh5890 said:
I don't feel comfortable with buying pc hardware on ebay. Do you guys recommend that? Maybe I'll wait for black friday


Huh? It dosent matter, you have ebay protection, if the product is in any way NOT how he sold it, youll get a refund, its 100%, u CANT get ripped of on ebay...
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October 26, 2011 6:29:29 PM

^What you said, before *about that OP won't notice difference between 6950 and 570* is false, and you CF AMD/ATi cards not SLi.

OP: Get the 6950, it will run every game fine on 1080p.
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October 26, 2011 7:51:43 PM

shrkbay said:
^What you said, before *about that OP won't notice difference between 6950 and 570* is false, and you CF AMD/ATi cards not SLi.

OP: Get the 6950, it will run every game fine on 1080p.

Cool! Do you think that should last me a good 3-4 years, even if some games are set at medium?
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October 27, 2011 2:08:00 PM

^I think after 3 years it will still be able to run most games on medium.
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January 22, 2012 3:01:46 PM

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January 22, 2012 3:01:54 PM

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