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July 9, 2012 1:42:53 AM

Hello,
So I have an evga 560 non-ti standard version that has done wonders for me since I built the course 2 months ago. I know that will be my first upgrade choice along with the psu to maybe a more reputable brand. Anyway I'm wondering if it would be better to get a second 560 in sli or just go for a 670 or a 660 when they are released. I know 560s will go down in price as time goes on so that is quite appealing. Any help is appreciated. Bear in
Mind this probably wouldn't happen till maybe September or later when I play some soon to be released games.

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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 1:51:09 AM

the 560s will probably not drop much more in price, Nvidia will clean their store-rooms and stop producing the card before it becomes unprofitable to produce it.

anyway, if you won't buy a card until september, I would highly recommend looking at a 660. while the 560 is great for games now (and a pair will play just about everything), we're headed into the 2GB of video memory era, and you're better off with a 660 than finding out that your games are crashing due to insufficient memory in the future
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 1:56:53 AM

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

What games are you looking to play and at what settings?

What resolution is your monitor?

I have a 6870 crossfire, which is the AMD equivalent to a GTX560 SLI,and I'm very pleased with it.I can max out almost any game expect for the big titles like BF3 and Crysis 2,etc.Those games I can mange high settings.

It really depends on your budget.If your not looking to spend much but still get decent performance than going for another GTX560 for SLI sounds like the best option.On the other hand a single GTX670 is just a little slower than a GTX560 SLI.And when the GTX670 is O.C.ed it's probably faster.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 2:05:11 AM

The 7950 can also overclock even better than the 670 can and has even more VRAM, although it has somewhat higher power consumption. Regardless of what you choose to do, a second 560 is not a very practical option. I daresay that a 670 isn't too great either strictly because of the huge memory bandwidth bottle-neck that it can have, especially in some very intensive situations, but it is most certainly a far better option than a second 560 for 560 SLI. Before you choose anything, I'd say give the info that purple stank asked for so we can get an improved understanding of the situation and make better recommendations. If you don't go for a second 560, then be sure to sell the current 560 if you can to lessen the impact of buying a new high end card if you choose to do so.
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July 9, 2012 2:08:01 AM

My full specs are
I5 3570k
Asrock z77 extreme4
Hyper 212 plus
Ocz modxstream 700w
8gb ram

I'd say I'm looking to play games like guild wars 2, cs go, Dota 2 which I know aren't graphically intensive but since getting into pc gaming my interests have expanded a lot so really any game is a possibility.

As for budget I'm not really sure. I know the 560s are like 150 after rebate now which is pretty nice. I guess if 660s were around 300 I could sell my 560 for like 75-100 and then only pay 200 for the card. Never endinding choices when it comes to upgrades.
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a c 230 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 2:31:37 AM

Here's some numbers regarding sales and performance. Perhaps it will help in your decision.

This is how the cards stack up in CF/SLI according to Guru3D's 2011 Game Test Suite

6850 - 634 fps
6870 - 701 fps
6950 - 751 fps
6950 Frozr OC - 759 fps
560 Ti - 792 fps
6970 - 825 fps
560 Ti 900 Mhz - 862 fps

The 560 series was nVidias most profitable card in last generation, it outsold all 6xxx AMD cards combined so expect nVidia to milk it as long as they can. This was the % of cards hitting Steam servers last time I looked (February 2012)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 10.25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 4.37%
ATI Radeon HD 6950 3.83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 3.76%
ATI Radeon HD 6850 3.10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 3.02%
ATI Radeon HD 6970 1.85%
ATI Radeon HD 6870 1.37%

Total AMD 6xxx Cards - 10.15%
Total nVidia 5xx cards - 21.40%
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a c 214 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 2:37:34 AM

For games like those I don't think you would even need more than a GTX560.But if you feel you need more power then a 2nd GTX560 seems like the best choice,imo.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 2:47:51 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Here's some numbers regarding sales and performance. Perhaps it will help in your decision.

This is how the cards stack up in CF/SLI according to Guru3D's 2011 Game Test Suite

The 560 series was nVidias most profitable card in last generation, it outsold all 6xxx AMD cards combined so expect nVidia to milk it as long as they can. This was the % of cards hitting Steam servers last time I looked (February 2012)


I've said it before and I'll say it again. Outdated data in this field is nearly useless and this data is quite outdated.
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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 4:32:17 AM

well rad 7 series and nvi 6 series is overpriced IMO, so the second 560 is good choice.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 4:41:24 AM

rdc85 said:
well rad 7 series and nvi 6 series is overpriced IMO, so the second 560 is good choice.


They both currently have, and have had for a while now, nearly unprecedented performance for the money (excluding Nvidia's very low end to entry level GT 600 cards), especially when overclocking and power consumption are considered, yet you call them overpriced. Please explain your reasoning.
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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2012 4:54:50 AM

I went from a 560ti SLI setup to a 670 and am very happy with the results. Not everyone notices microstutter but it was abysmal in BF3. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for and having a single card is much less hassle.

On topic though.... GW2 and Dota2 don't need the best, so I would wait and see how GW2 performs if I was you. Don't upgrade till you need to, coz everything also drops in price over time :) 
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