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GTX 570 1.2gb/2gb vs HD 6970 2gb

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January 23, 2012 10:04:00 PM

There is already a lot of discussion about these cards but they are more general and was hoping to get a better answer for my requirements.

I plan on only using 1 monitor at 1080p for moderate gaming.

That being said, would I be better off with the 570 or 6970, and if I do get the 570, 1.2gb or go for the 2gb?

Don't need alternative options and don't need to factor in price as they all fit in my budget. Just want best overall experience.

Thanks

More about : gtx 570 2gb 2gb 6970 2gb

a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 10:37:41 PM

VRAM doesn't yet matter on 1920x1080. I'd go with 570s, though it's very, very close. I tend to favor Nvidia, but then I've got one in my system. They'll trade benchmarks; each is better in about half of current games. Definitely the 1.2gb version.
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January 23, 2012 11:51:10 PM

the 6970 beat a 570 and is about the same price due to the 7000 series.

AMD: http://media.bestofmicro.com/Y/N/313583/original/amd%20...

NVIDIA: http://media.bestofmicro.com/Z/5/313601/original/nvidia...

You might even think about going for 2x 6870 they out perform a single 6970 for about the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (free dirt and 150$ after rebeat for 1)

Here is a crossfire 6870 venchmark on BF3: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...
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a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 11:57:24 PM

I support a powerful single card over 6870 Xfire. Those may have micro-stuttering problems, and they won't leave you with an upgrade path.

In BF3, yes, the 6970 wins. As I said, though, they trade benchmarks. In many games the 570 will come out on top.
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January 24, 2012 12:00:16 AM

thanks kajabla, so you think for one monitor at 1080p, the 2.5gb 570 will be overkill?

and thanks venur but you didn't really take into consideration my needs and also don't need alternative options, but thanks anyway.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 12:31:55 AM

Yes, it will. 1.2gb is definitely enough. $340 after rebate, EVGA DS Superclocked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wait. Upon reading the OP again I see "don't need to factor in price." Why not just get a 7970, then? That one, and another later, will last you a long time.
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January 24, 2012 12:35:42 AM

@kajabla

Haha I wish but I meant price didn't matter between the 3 cards I mentioned. Thanks for all the help!
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 12:39:01 AM

Ok. I stand by my recommendation, then.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 12:50:42 AM

6970 better in most benchmarks but if you play TWIMTBP games than please get the 570
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 12:55:10 AM

That's games optimized for Nvidia cards, if you don't know. The 570 really pulls ahead in some titles.
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January 24, 2012 1:01:12 AM

I'm leaning towards the gtx 570 because I will run at 1080p and nothing higher, but still not sure.
However, i'm pretty sure I won't have any regrets with either card.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 1:08:06 AM

True that.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 11:49:50 AM

WHY do people keep doing this? Look at the other games in that review. The 570 wins in almost all of them - actually, all but the game you picked and one other (COD). One game does not define the card's performance.
Yes, that card is cheap. There's a 570 out there that's even cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...but I wouldn't get either of them. If you really care about a few dollars, get this one, $325: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I still support that $340 EVGA DS, though.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 12:14:34 PM

If you go nvidia, do yourself a favor and go with EVGA. Best customer service ive ever dealt with. Also the stepup program on their reference cards is nice too if you decide you want a more powerful card in the first 90 days. Waiting on my 7970 to arrive today, its on the truck and out for delivery, so no green here altho I wish EVGA made Radeon cards :) 
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January 28, 2012 6:15:25 PM

venur said:


You might even think about going for 2x 6870 they out perform a single 6970 for about the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (free dirt and 150$ after rebeat for 1)

Here is a crossfire 6870 venchmark on BF3: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...


It's weird that those benchmarks show the 6870 crossfire setup better then the 6970. Because my buddy has crossfired 6870s with an I5-2500k and he gets worse frame rates then I do with my 6970 with an OC'd FX-4100.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:02:04 PM

I would expect 6870s to get a better measured framerate, but they might have micro-stuttering problems that could mess up your perceived rate.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:09:19 PM

kajabla said:
I would expect 6870s to get a better measured framerate, but they might have micro-stuttering problems that could mess up your perceived rate.

^^ this is true
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a c 89 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:11:40 PM

I'm with kajabla here , the 570 does win in a lot of benchmarks and the 570 does overclock quite well
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January 29, 2012 12:10:56 AM

kajabla said:
I would expect 6870s to get a better measured framerate, but they might have micro-stuttering problems that could mess up your perceived rate.


There was no perception of better frame rate. With fraps on and both of us on ultra and 1920 x 1080 I was getting much higher frame rates. He gets great frame rates at high, but at ultra I run away with my 6970.
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a c 665 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 1:46:50 AM

Nvidia has better drivers.
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 1:47:47 AM

^^this man speaks the truth
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 1:28:13 PM

Nvidia HAS HAD better drivers in the last couple of months, but the problems were mostly in a couple of games, and I don't think it's worth making a rule of it. I think AMD's got the message by now.
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 4:11:21 PM

I dont even think its been the past couple months. This has been known for a very long time and i would hope amd has gotten their *** together
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