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February 29, 2012 2:01:51 PM

Hello, I currently got a GTX 295 and have been considering buying either a GTX 560ti Twin Frozr or a Radeon HD 6970 2GB.

So, i would like to know if its possible and, more importantly, better to SLI my current GTX 295 with a new GTX 560ti or just buy a 6970?

The GTX 295 seems to operate with DX 10 while the GTX 560ti uses DX 11. Is that an issue?

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February 29, 2012 2:19:35 PM

Also, will my Core i5 750 and 4 GB RAM bottleneck either of these options? If so, what are good budget processor and RAM amount options to pair with these? Thanks in advance!
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February 29, 2012 2:33:37 PM

Depends on your budget...

Do you intend to replace your motherboard and CPU?

6970 is a good card for the price. Though you might be able to get one of the new 7950's. A 7950 would give you the biggest bang for the buck and may not need a bigger power supply.

As for processor. Best bet is i5 2500k, very nice processor for the money. Also can get 8 gigs for less then $50 now. Or go for bust and get 16 gigs for less then $100.


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February 29, 2012 2:33:53 PM

you can not sli GTX 295 with a GTX 560ti .if you cant wait and if you find a good deal with 6970 go and get it or if you have the money for a 7950 go and get it,but if you can wait for gtx 600series it is better 2 wait 2 compare them with the new amd cards.
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February 29, 2012 2:39:40 PM

your cpu is fine for gaming. no bottleneck. i recommend to add another 4gb of ram
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February 29, 2012 3:12:54 PM

Thanks for the replies! Unfortunately I cant really wait, since im from Brazil and my brother is going to buy these parts in a couple days. Aiming for a $ 800,00 budget

The 6970 I saw was going for $ 340,00 while the 7950 is going for $ 500,00 and the later seems to be PCI-E 3.0. I have a MSI P55 - CD53 mobo currently, Core i5 750 and power supply is 750W.

So, here are my questions:

1. If I bought the 7950, would it be mandatory to upgrade the processor to avoid bottlenecking?

2. Would I need to buy a new mobo for the PCI-E 3.0?

3. Are there like, or better, NVidia GPUs in this price range? Which ones?
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February 29, 2012 3:23:39 PM

Dont bother with a 6970, the 7950 is a beast of a card and can OC very nicely. I doubt itll bottleneck your CPU. Enjoy the 7950.
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February 29, 2012 3:30:58 PM

Nice! Thanks for the quick reply.

But, would I need to change the motherboard because of the PCI-express 3.0 thing?

My current one is a MSI P55 - CD53. I looked it up in a few forums but couldnt find anything. Little worried about this since buying such a new mobo over here in Brazil would prolly cost me a fortune.

If anyone had any info on this I would be really grateful!

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February 29, 2012 3:37:55 PM

spookyman said:
A 7950 would give you the biggest bang for the buck and may not need a bigger power supply.

As for processor. Best bet is i5 2500k, very nice processor for the money. Also can get 8 gigs for less then $50 now. Or go for bust and get 16 gigs for less then $100.

The HD7950 is actually quite poor in terms of performance vs price. It is only about 15% faster than a card like the GTX 560 Ti 448 which can be found for $200 less. 16gb is totally pointless for most people.
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February 29, 2012 3:39:20 PM

Nique1982 said:
Nice! Thanks for the quick reply.

But, would I need to change the motherboard because of the PCI-express 3.0 thing?

My current one is a MSI P55 - CD53. I looked it up in a few forums but couldnt find anything. Little worried about this since buying such a new mobo over here in Brazil would prolly cost me a fortune.

If anyone had any info on this I would be really grateful!

3.0 cards are backward compatible with 2.0 boards.
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February 29, 2012 3:47:41 PM

The GTX 295 is faster than a 560 ti. It can't run DX11, but just understand a move to a 560 ti should result in overall lower performance. If you're using a card as a Physx card, a 560 ti is probably overkill.

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The HD7950 is actually quite poor in terms of performance vs price. It is only about 15% faster than a card like the GTX 560 Ti 448 which can be found for $200 less. 16gb is totally pointless for most people.


Sorry to burst the bubble here but the 7950 is actually a pretty decent deal compared to current offerings at that price/performance point from NVidia. It costs about the same as a GTX 580 1.5GB after rebates, has more VRAM, performs similarly or better with much more OC headroom, and some other nice features. You're comparing it to a card in a completely different market segment without the context of the other products. Using that 1 on 1 comparison you can make the 560 ti 448 look like a very bad deal compared to the standard 560 ti. The higher up you go the less value you get but that's the price of higher performance. Since the OP already has a GTX 295, getting something that is an upgrade is going to be pretty expensive.
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February 29, 2012 4:26:33 PM

beltzy said:
The GTX 295 is faster than a 560 ti. It can't run DX11, but just understand a move to a 560 ti should result in overall lower performance. If you're using a card as a Physx card, a 560 ti is probably overkill.



Sorry to burst the bubble here but the 7950 is actually a pretty decent deal compared to current offerings at that price/performance point from NVidia. It costs about the same as a GTX 580 1.5GB after rebates, has more VRAM, performs similarly or better with much more OC headroom, and some other nice features. You're comparing it to a card in a completely different market segment without the context of the other products. Using that 1 on 1 comparison you can make the 560 ti 448 look like a very bad deal compared to the standard 560 ti. The higher up you go the less value you get but that's the price of higher performance. Since the OP already has a GTX 295, getting something that is an upgrade is going to be pretty expensive.

No question that the HD7950 is a better choice than the GTX 580 but that is irrelevant. Perhaps the two cards are in very different marketing and price segments but that is my whole point, they aren't actually in very different performance segments. Your suggestion that the regular GTX 560 Ti makes the 448 card a similarly poor value is simply false. The cheapest GTX 560 Ti I'm seeing is $210 while the cheapest 448 card is currently $250. The performance difference at 1080p is about 10%(via techpowerup) while the price difference is $40 or 19%. This is not remotely comparable to the GTX 560 Ti 448 vs HD7950 which is 15% performance vs $210 or an 84% increase in price. If you give it a nice OC the 448 card would be a decent upgrade on the GTX 295 and unless you are quite wealthy I can't see how the more expensive options make sense financially.
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