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6950 vs 560Ti, General consensus?

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January 10, 2012 8:06:14 PM

So I'm looking to purchase a new graphics card for gaming, mainly for Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. I've narrowed down the selection of card to two particular models:

MSI GTX 560Ti 1GB Twin Frozr II
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N560GTX-Ti-Twin-Frozr-II...

XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB XXX Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I live in Sweden and thus cannot purchase from Newegg for example, just for reference.
I can get the 560Ti card for approx 275 USD at best and the 6950 for approx 318 USD at best.

I'm hoping to play Skyrim maxed out with 2xAA and Battlefield 3 on High (not ultra) with 2xAA if possible. Not less than 30 FPS preferably stable above 40FPS.
What's the general consensus on these two cards? I really can't make up my mind. I can make the purchase within this week if I can come to a decision. I have no plans of running these cards in SLI or Crossfire but I might try to overclock the card as both cards, especially the 560Ti seems to have a large overclock potential. I have run both Nvidia and ATI/AMD cards in the past and I've been pretty happy with both, except for some driver problems with ATI.

My specs are:
1920x1080 monitor resolution
XFX HD 5770 1GB
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.5GHz
OCZ StealthXstream 600W PSU
MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
January 10, 2012 8:28:20 PM

as you can see here:
http://www.hwcompare.com/8889/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-rad...
the 6950 wil give u a little bit better performance than the gtx 560 ti although it will take more power.
The gtx 560 ti should be able to run everything you've specified without a problem so you could get that card to save you money although the the 6950 is better.
Its really up to you and what you wanna pay for the card
January 10, 2012 8:38:23 PM

Although I cannot give you my opinion about the 6950 (I don't have one), I have the same exact 560Ti that you're looking at.

I LOVE how cool my card runs, even with my core at 1000mhz overclocked, it still idles around 28-29 degrees and never reaches above 68 degrees under full load; during gaming, it never goes about 45 degrees. I highly recommend this card.
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January 10, 2012 9:20:50 PM

^This..
January 10, 2012 9:51:34 PM

newbie1337 said:
as you can see here:
http://www.hwcompare.com/8889/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-rad...
the 6950 wil give u a little bit better performance than the gtx 560 ti although it will take more power.
The gtx 560 ti should be able to run everything you've specified without a problem so you could get that card to save you money although the the 6950 is better.
Its really up to you and what you wanna pay for the card

6950 consumes less power under load than 560ti http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-6950-6970-review/1...
January 10, 2012 9:56:55 PM

To the OP both cards are decent for 1080P or less and I would pick what ever one you can find for cheaper because price/performance IMHO is what counts most and out of these two cards price is what it comes down to because they perform similar IMHO
January 10, 2012 9:59:59 PM

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with the amount of power that he has, who cares..

Sorry bro I was just stating that in fact 6950 consumes less power under load than 560ti because someone said that 560ti consumes less power mate that's all.
January 10, 2012 10:12:44 PM

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it's cool, not arguing..
that's just how I feel about it is all.

OPs power supply is 600watts and that is plenty to run and single core GPU but somebody told OP that 6950 consumes more power than 560ti which is false information.
January 10, 2012 10:14:15 PM

go with the cheapest..amd has some issues with drivers..i have amd card and i know..their performance is similar..
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