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EVGA 560 vs XFX 6870

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Anonymous
July 21, 2012 9:50:31 PM

First off, let me start by saying this: I want as much horsepower from the card without overclocking as possible. That means, whichever card will give me the most FPS at 1080p in most games, that's what I want.

Now, to the point.

On one side, there is the EVGA GTX 560.

On the other side, there is the XFX 6870.

Which of those is the best?

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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 9:53:50 PM

They are generally neck-in-neck, and rely on which game is more optimized for Nvidia or AMD.
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Anonymous
July 21, 2012 9:56:56 PM

Are there more games optimized for nVIDIA or AMD?
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July 21, 2012 10:02:34 PM

That really depends. You should read up benchmarks for whichever games you have or are planning to get, or the features you really want. Ex. Crysis 2 is optimized more for Nvidia, though today I'm not completely sure, BF3 for certain is for AMD.

Nvidia graphics cards will not grant you 3-way monitor setup on one card, though rarely anyone actually does this setup. AMD from HD5000 and up will, but does not support PhysX. If you want PhysX which is supported in few games, ex. Batman, Nvidia would be your choice.
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July 21, 2012 10:02:47 PM

Anonymous said:
Are there more games optimized for nVIDIA or AMD?


generally between the two, the HD 6870 has a slight edge(its pretty small) but the 560 hits more people as one of the more talked about games is Battlefield 3, which the 560 has an edge over due to a preference in nvidia. other than that, on a non gaming use, AMD does better on opencl operations(bitcoin mining is a big example) while nvidia is built around programs that can use CUDA cores or physx.
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Anonymous
July 21, 2012 10:13:20 PM

I'm a programmer, I do a little Sony Vegas and Photoshop, planning on learning CryENGINE 3 SDK, and I play stuff like Fallout, Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty, Hitman, GTA, DiRT, Borderlands, and really, anything that comes out and looks like it'd be fun.
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July 21, 2012 10:17:29 PM

BF3 is for sure in favor of Nvidia. So is Skyrim. For me, it seems that the more popular games out at the moment favor Nvidia. The ones that favor AMD seem to be less popular ones. Does anyone actually play Aliens vs. Predator?

I would go with the 560 in order to get PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA, forced Ambient Occlusion, and better driver support for new games.

If you were overclocking (and I see that you aren't), this question would actually be pretty easy, the 6870 has very little headroom to overclock, the 560 has a lot of overclocking headroom.

But since you aren't overclocking, and I see that EVGA you listed is out of stock, why not go for the Gigabyte GTX 560 Superclock? $140 after rebate and a core clock of 900 mhz means your overclock is built in at the factory.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 21, 2012 10:19:33 PM

I already owned AMD and Nvidia cards and I prefer nvidia for two reasons.

1)Their software is more user friendly
2)Physix

Moreover, the ega 560 is insanelly silent
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July 21, 2012 10:20:37 PM

Sony Vegas i think is an OpenCL program, so AMD will have an advantage on that side of the program. Photoshop will use CUDA (latest photoshop is trying to work with AMD and open CL) so Nvidia would have an advantage there. I think cryengine3 will use opencl, though i cant say that for sure.
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July 21, 2012 10:34:04 PM

For you, I recommend going with the one with the highest factory overclock, which is the second one from Amazon with a 900 mhz core clock and upgraded twin fan cooling.
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Anonymous
July 21, 2012 10:35:39 PM

So, just to clarify, I'm going to get an all-around better-performing card (albeit by a very small margin) if I go with the 560 over the 6870?
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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2012 11:21:16 PM

yep, seems so
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July 21, 2012 11:29:36 PM

A GTX 560 at 900 mhz should be about 5%-8% faster than the stock/reference clocked XFX 6870 that you originally linked.

Right in between this one at 870 mhz:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...

... and this one at 925 mhz:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_560...
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July 21, 2012 11:51:04 PM

*sigh* you guys really seem to be overthinking this. the op originally said he just wants the most fps @ 1080p. i compared these two cards back in november and they really are about the same (+-3%). so i say go with which ever one you can find the cheapest. fyi i only went with the 560 because i got it for around $150 w/batman ac for the free, if the 6870 was cheaper i would have got that. the end.
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July 21, 2012 11:56:07 PM

leaderWON said:
*sigh* you guys really seem to be overthinking this....

I totally agree - sometimes a simple, mundane decision turns into an analytical experiment of sorts
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Anonymous
July 22, 2012 2:52:22 AM

Best answer selected by reboh79.
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July 22, 2012 6:54:43 AM

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