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Ordering a card for ~$260. Need advice.

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December 15, 2011 7:49:14 PM

Currently for my budget, there are two cards I'm looking at:

MSI 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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MSI 560 Ti Twin Frozr III Hawk 1GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rig will mostly be used for gaming, including BF3, Crysis 2, and Skyrim. I have no plans on ever using more than a one monitor setup. However, I do plan on running either of these in SLI sometime in the near future. I'm leaning towards the Hawk, but I've been told BF3 can eat up VRAM at higher resolutions and since I'm going to use SLI later, I won't be limited to 1GB if I choose the TFII 2GB version. Any thoughts or advice?

Current setup: i5-2500k @ 4.5GHz, MSI P67A-GD55 mobo, Corsair HX750w PSU, G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, 500R case.

P.S.- If I do choose the 2gb version, will I be able to overclock it to the same speeds the hawk is rated at?
a c 181 U Graphics card
December 15, 2011 9:39:44 PM

If you are going to use higher resolutions more than 1920 x 1200 then get the 2 GB one. I don't know about the Hawk I have never played it so I can't answer that one

Also remember if and when you sli if you do it the 2 GB one make sure the next one is also a 2 GB If you use a 1 GB you loos the extra GB on that card.
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December 15, 2011 9:45:58 PM

I strongly suggest 6950 2gb for that price. It outperforms GTX 560ti unless the game inherently favours nvidia. So please see which games you play and head over to anandtech.com for benchmarks.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
December 15, 2011 10:06:30 PM

Go for the 2GB model over the Hawk, especially for games that are vram hungry like BF3!
You can always overclock it up to or even better than the Hawk's clocks as the MSI Twin Frozr 560ti's overclock very well and have excellent cooling.
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December 15, 2011 10:14:19 PM

Might as well get the Twin Frozr II for less money and overclock it to 950 mhz like the Hawk.
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December 26, 2011 4:21:43 AM

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