Hey guys. You guys know how I was going to get a GTX 560 Ti, but then I decided on a 6950 as it had 9 more FPS on BF3 in the review done in Tom's Hardware. However, the new graphics cards for the money article said that the two cards are tied. SO....... I need help picking a card. Best Bang for Buck at 1080p. $250 is the max. I may do some overclocking (if performance isn't good enough or is at reference speeds). Thanks! I need exact models and a link.
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amuffin is talking about the GTX 560 Ti that is supposed to receive some more cores, placing it between the GTX 560 Ti and the GTX 570. If I were you, wait at least until the end of December to make up your mind. There is bound to be some nice sales on both the GTX 560 Ti and the HD 6950. Either card is great and you will be satisfied with how either of them perform.
Keep an eye out for MSI variants. Their Twin Frozr II/III cooler is one of the best.
The GTX 560 Ti and the Radeon HD 6950 1GB trade blows, with one of them being either as fast, a tad slower or a tad faster than the other depending on the game. Overall, the Radeon HD 6950 1GB has a very slight advantage performance wise, http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef...
Geforce GTX 560 Ti performs almost on par with the Radeon HD 6950 1GB and costs $20 less.
Also, the Geforce GTX 560 Ti has a reputation for being a card with a lot of overclocking potential and this particular Gigabyte card, with its dual fan cooling system, has enough cooling to accommodate quite a bit of overclocking without sounding like a turbo jet. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If they'll be announcing an upgraded 560 ti soon you're better off waiting until end of december like Warmacblu is saying. I personally hate waiting however and am an nvidia fanboy, but I'd reccomend the 6950. If in the future you decide to get a second card I've heard that 6950s in xfire will outdo 560 tis in sli. Also, certain models of the 6950 can be unlocked to 6970s (think it was the dirt edition or something). So for the price they have a lot more potential, plus if you decide to upgrade later you can expect better gains in xfire.
Pci-e 3.0 will not be utilized unless you get the new ivy bridge coming out. No one knows how the new 28nm cards will perform. December is the time frame ATI is releasing the cards(on paper) the general masses will not probably get cards until Jan timeframe.