GTX 560ti or HD 6850 ?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within next 2 weeks

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Casual Gaming, COD, BF3, NFS Run, etc. watching Movies, light photo editing

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 1GB and i've upgraded my PSU to Corsair 750TX 750W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Upgraded my system to ASUS P8Z68 V-Gen3 Mobo, Intel Core i-5 2500k 3.3Ghz, G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB, Corsair 750TX 750W

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, but i'm considering the Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 and the EVGA Nvidia GTX 560 Ti

BUDGET: i can stretch my budget to a maximum of $300

OVERCLOCKING: Don't really know., haven't done it so far.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dell 1980 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i won't be upgrading again anytime soon, so it must last for atleast next 3-5 years. also if any other card is better suited for my requirements please suggest.
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  1. The new GTX 560Ti 448 core is pretty decent. Worth the extra bit of $$ IMO.

    Almost on par with the 570's.
  2. 560 Ti is much, much better. I would recommend MSI Twin Frozr 1GB OC at about $200 ($190 with rebates)
  3. Best answer
    560 Ti is the easy choice if ya have $200 to spend:

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 140.00 6850 (371/634) $ 0.38 - $ 0.44
    $ 200.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.40 - $ 0.46

    Strongly suggest buying a factory overclocked version for two reasons:

    1. Just about all of them have oversized coolers which help you get a pretty good OC over and above what the factory provides. MSI, EVGA, Asis, Gigabyte, XFX, Paliit fit this category

    2. About 1/2 of them have improved PCB's with beefed up VRMs of 7 phases or more which allow extreme overclocks. Asus DCII TOP, Gigabyte and MSI Hawk fit this category....the Twin Frozr has only 6 phases.

    Here's an example of what 7 phase VRM and oversized cooler can do:

    1070 is a 30+% OC over the reference 820 MHz ..... that's a bit warm for my tastes, at least in SLI ..... I set my builds at 1020 Mhz and drop down to 980 if room has no AC in summer.
  4. Make sure its a 448 core.

    EVGA ^ makes a nice one.. 259 after rebates! ;)
  5. Best answer selected by anee1712.
  6. Thanks a lot guys! appreciated!
  7. They are not even in the same class.

    HD6950 1GB is the card that competes with the GTX560ti, however it's been discontinued and replaced by the newer HD7XXX series.
  8. Does 448 core really make that much of a difference? Meaning, more than 5fps at non-extreme resolution?
  9. 6950 2gb is the choice for that price, it crossfire scales a lot better and can be unlocked to 6970....Toms always picked it over the 560 ti for that reason.
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