GTX 560 Ti 1GB or ATI RADEON 6870 2GB

Hello everyone,
What should I buy VGA card for my CPU i5 2500, 8GB RAM:
- MSI nVidia GTX560 Ti Hawk 1GB; # Core Clock: 950MHz - $272; http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/n560gtx-tihawk-nvidia-gtx560-hawk-p-52067.html?sort=2a
- Or XFX ATI RADEON 6870 2GB; # GPU Clock MHz: 900 - $269; http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/687a-cdfc-radeon-6870-p-55534.html?sort=2a

Thanks in advance
Henry
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  1. Hey, if your gaming on a single monitor, (1920x1200 or less resolution) I would say go with the GTX560 ti, it will slightly outperform the 6870 as the amount of memory will not make a difference at that resolution range.

    However, I would say that you should consider buying from newegg.com if that is a possibility for you, you can get that same GPU for $244 after mail in rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578
  2. Get the GTX 560 Ti. It is a faster card and overclocks much higher than the HD6870 as well. A 2gb HD6870 only makes sense if you are going to get a second for crossfire and use them for Eyefinity.

    oparadoxical_ said:
    However, I would say that you should consider buying from newegg.com if that is a possibility for you, you can get that same GPU for $244 after mail in rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578
    From his links he is in Australia so newegg isn't going to be of much use.
  3. Yes, I live in Australia, so the price is a little higher.
  4. The 6870 gets 434 fps with a single card in Guru3D's game test suite, 701 fps in SLI

    The 900Mhz 560 Ti gets 495 fps with a single card in Guru3D's game test suite, 862 fps in SLI.

    The MSI is 950 Mhz so it would be even faster.
  5. http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/r695oc-gigabyte-radeon-6950-p-50393.html?sort=3a

    The 6950 is on par with the 560ti but the advantages that it has is that you may be able to unlock the extra shaders to make it basically a 6970 which is much better than the 560 ti and It also scales much better in crossfire than the 560ti in sli (90% vs 80%) so when you decide to upgrade the 6950s will be better than the 560tis
  6. So when working just single VGA card, which is The 6950 or the 560 Ti Hawk better?
  7. they are pretty much at the same level the 6950 is amds equivalent to the 560ti. generically the 560ti will preform slightly better in nvidia sponsored games and the 6950 better in radeon/amd sponsored games but there very close

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics-charts/Enthusiast-Index,2674.html
    on this chart the 560ti hawk is surrounded by 6950s so there really about the same but if you look and compare the 6950 cf to 560 ti sli the latter is greatly outperformed. Just make sure they both fit in your case and you have a strong enough power supply to power them.
  8. i'll get a cooler master 700w
  9. They have a few that are alright but in general Cooler Master power supplies should be avoided. Stick with a good brand like Antec, Corsair or Seasonic.
  10. You're right. Antec is a little more expensive. What do you think the minimum of PSU for CPU for CPU 2500k; 16GB RAM and the 560 Ti Hawk (or ATI 6950) VGA? 650W or 700W?
  11. if you not going for SLI/CF route 650w unit should be enough even with overclocked cpu and gpu
  12. thks brother, because i'm not going for SLI/CF
  13. Even 650w is overkill if you aren't going to SLI/Crossfire. A 500w from the brands I mentioned could easily handle what you are talking about with everything fully OCed.
    FYI while RAM is cheap 16gb is still of questionable utility. Unless you know you will be doing something that uses tons of RAM(music production, rendering, HD video processing) I'd just stick with 8gb. Put the extra money towards something like an SSD for OS and apps if you want something that is actually useful.
  14. thks mate
  15. ya you should be good w/ a 500w w/o sli or CF but if there's not a huge difference in price go for a 750-850w and you will be set for in case you decide to go SLI/CF in the future otherwise if you want to add another graphics card in the future you will need to buy a new power supply
  16. icantw82makeadatum said:
    ya you should be good w/ a 500w w/o sli or CF but if there's not a huge difference in price go for a 750-850w

    You can usually find a good 500w for $50 if you look. A good 750w or 850w is usually $90-120. That's a pretty huge increase in price IMO.
  17. It depends on what your demand is~~If you want to play BF3, I recommand 6870 2GB.
    you can consider about gigabyte 560Ti, I just bought it two weeks ago, nice fans and good gaming~~
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