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GTX560 vs AMD Radeon 6870

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July 29, 2012 4:41:49 PM

Please guys, i realy need help!

I spent like 5-6 hours watching statistics for those two, and every chart is different.
Those graphic cards are my only option because i get 10% off at the store where i am buying it (and they are for the same price). So i don't need any other suggestion, Ti's or other stuff, i need to deside between one of those.

Another information: AMD Radeon 6870 is by Powercolor and GTX560 is by Gainward.

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July 29, 2012 4:45:50 PM

Some games like HD6870 others GTX560 that is how close they are to each other in performance. I personally would select between them on price unless there is this one game you play that does way better on one or the other.
July 29, 2012 4:51:20 PM

rolli59 said:
Some games like HD6870 others GTX560 that is how close they are to each other in performance. I personally would select between them on price unless there is this one game you play that does way better on one or the other.


I know you are right, but still, i must choose one. :/ 
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July 29, 2012 5:00:32 PM

The Key word there is "I". Any one game? No, then price.
July 29, 2012 5:04:53 PM

Well a few more things to consider,
With the 560 you get more overclock headroom, cuda & Physx.
With the 6870 you get lesser power consumption which will reduce running costs.
July 29, 2012 6:04:46 PM

guru_urug said:
Well a few more things to consider,
With the 560 you get more overclock headroom, cuda & Physx.
With the 6870 you get lesser power consumption which will reduce running costs.


And i just might take it because of Physx. AMD has more problem running the games with it, then GF for games which are recommened to ATI. (I guess)
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July 29, 2012 6:11:32 PM

Since they are both about equal I would go with the better vendor. To me that would be the one with the best after market cooling.

July 29, 2012 6:32:17 PM

rwayne said:
Since they are both about equal I would go with the better vendor. To me that would be the one with the best after market cooling.


I usually go with MSI or Asus graphic cards, but that comes with bigger price. :/ 
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 6:41:34 PM

Because the cards are so similar in performance go with the one with a better cooling solution/vendor as rwayne said.
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July 29, 2012 7:03:34 PM

I'd go for a 6870 over a 560 any day if prices are quite similar. As guru_urug said, the 6870 uses less power, while the 560 has CUDA and physx, both are not features I would really consider for my personal use. The 560 itself doesn't really offer much overclocking headroom since it's actually a higher clock 460. And who's to say that AMD drivers suck, based on a number of people who used AMD cards, they're keen to say that the drivers are getting better and better and I've also seen people having problems with nvidia drivers (I've had one problem with their 29x.xx WHQL driver a couple months ago).

Basically, the choice is up to you as you've probably and should know already. As they both performs almost similar in games, do a side by side comparison on paper or whatever about power consumption, heat, noise and features (eyefinity, CUDA, physx, etc...) and determine yourself what you need most
July 29, 2012 7:21:19 PM

EzioAs said:
I'd go for a 6870 over a 560 any day if prices are quite similar. As guru_urug said, the 6870 uses less power, while the 560 has CUDA and physx, both are not features I would really consider for my personal use. The 560 itself doesn't really offer much overclocking headroom since it's actually a higher clock 460. And who's to say that AMD drivers suck, based on a number of people who used AMD cards, they're keen to say that the drivers are getting better and better and I've also seen people having problems with nvidia drivers (I've had one problem with their 29x.xx WHQL driver a couple months ago).

Basically, the choice is up to you as you've probably and should know already. As they both performs almost similar in games, do a side by side comparison on paper or whatever about power consumption, heat, noise and features (eyefinity, CUDA, physx, etc...) and determine yourself what you need most



Tnx for replying. I listened your advice and i checked out statistics for heat,power consumption and noice, and i must say, 6870 won the race. Less noice and power draw.

For those who will read this post later on, who will not be determined what to buy, here's the link to make up your mind:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...

Tnx again, for every1 trying to help me deside.
July 29, 2012 7:43:39 PM

Just so you know, Ti means that it has more shaders.
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July 29, 2012 7:47:07 PM

Pyhonicks said:
I usually go with MSI or Asus graphic cards, but that comes with bigger price. :/ 
Yes, it does cost more but you come out a head in the long run. If you purchased an aftermarket heatsink for your card it would cost you at least $40 plus the time to install it.

With ASUS you get that plus get the 'Super Alloy' components which decrease heat, increase throughput and have X 2.5 times the lifespan of average components.

Check out this video on Super Alloy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUX5Mi996oY

The following video from hi-tech legion is what sold me on my ASUS HD6870 Direct CU. It is an impressive review. They presented too many facts for me to ignore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz1Ig-z-8E8&feature=play...!

I love the Direct CU cards. They cool well and they are practically silent.
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 8:57:22 PM

a few dollars more and get the GTX 560 Ti..
July 29, 2012 10:18:25 PM

rwayne said:
Yes, it does cost more but you come out a head in the long run. If you purchased an aftermarket heatsink for your card it would cost you at least $40 plus the time to install it.

With ASUS you get that plus get the 'Super Alloy' components which decrease heat, increase throughput and have X 2.5 times the lifespan of average components.

Check out this video on Super Alloy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUX5Mi996oY

The following video from hi-tech legion is what sold me on my ASUS HD6870 Direct CU. It is an impressive review. They presented too many facts for me to ignore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz1Ig-z-8E8&feature=play...!

I love the Direct CU cards. They cool well and they are practically silent.


I belive what you said, but the powercolor one costs me 130 euros, and the asus one 170, thats 40 more... With that money i can buy 560 Ti, but i dont have that much money (i can have it, but next month, and i cant wait that long :D  ).
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July 29, 2012 10:24:03 PM

The 560 and 6870 are going to be about the same whatever way you put it, I would just buy based on price.
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