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HD 6970 vs GTX 570?

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December 10, 2011 12:00:36 AM

Hey guys, I'm ordering parts for a new PC next week and I can't decide on which GPU to go with. I will be playing at a 1900x1080 with only one monitor, and I've already got an i5 2500k. I'll be playing games such as Battlefield 3, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., The Witcher 2 and Metro 2033.

Which one would be best? I'm also definitely going to Crossfire/SLI later down the road (maybe a year or so from now). Which one generally performs better with one monitor @ 1080p? I'm currently looking at the factory OC'd GTX 570, which is about the same price as the $350 Sapphire HD 6970 that I wanted.

I would also like to know which one is quieter and draws less power. I'm currently leaning towards the GTX 570 because it looks like it scales better in SLI at resolutions lower than or equal to 1200p (I could be wrong). I've also heard that there are less driver issues in both dual and single card setups (I'll gladly relinquish a %3 performance increase for less headaches). Then there's also the added PhysX support (not too important). However, the 6970 has more RAM and SHOULD be better on paper...

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December 10, 2011 12:25:41 AM

A overclocking a GTX 560 Ti (either version) with good cooling would be a better choice for the money and you would see very little performance difference compared to the cards you are talking about.
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December 10, 2011 12:39:39 AM

Why would more ram be better at 1900x1080? You're not going to be saturating 1GB at that resolution.

Either way performance wise the 570 will perform better in Nvidia titiles, where as the 6970 will be better in AMD titles, they trades blows. Flip a coin, there is no difference in performance really.

With Nvidia you get CUDA if needed, and Phsyx, but also a higher cost. AMD you get eyefinity.

At maximum power consumption the system will draw about 10 more watts of power with the 570 over the 6970, so basically no difference there.

If you get the right kind of 6950 2GB you can unlock it to a 6970 and save a ton of money, so there's that also.
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December 10, 2011 12:43:05 AM

I think you answered your question yourself , you are leaning towards the 570 and I agree with you there. I do believe the Nvidia drivers are somewhat better at the mo and if you plan to SLI later the 570 SLI is an excellent performer.
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December 10, 2011 1:08:48 AM

jyjjy said:
A overclocking a GTX 560 Ti (either version) with good cooling would be a better choice for the money and you would see very little performance difference compared to the cards you are talking about.

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December 10, 2011 2:28:34 AM

monsta said:
I think you answered your question yourself , you are leaning towards the 570 and I agree with you there. I do believe the Nvidia drivers are somewhat better at the mo and if you plan to SLI later the 570 SLI is an excellent performer.
But is it really better than the Crossfire'd 6970s?
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December 10, 2011 2:58:09 AM

NOOOOO, HD 6970s in CF scales better than GTX 570s in SLI, generally the HD 6K series scales better than GTX 5K series.

Toms compared HD 6950s vs GTX 570s in CF/SLI, HD 6950s win in 3-way CF vs 3-way SLI and the perfromance was close to GTX 570s in 2-way SLI vs 2-way CF, that was the HD 6950s not HD 6970s (HD 6970s > GTX 570s).

Regarding a single HD 6970 vs GTX 570, HD 6970 is better in 1080P & 1200P resolutions and with the latest drivers it took the lead, see the chart below. But there's a fact that GTX 570 will kinda perform better in TWIMTBP games.


That being said an OCed 560ti would perform like a GTX 570, only extreme OCing (1 GHz) which is not easy for normal users make them equal in performance.
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