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Sapphire 6950 1GB vs MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk

Poll Results: Which card? ($250 max)

 
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    Sapphire 6950 1GB
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    MSI 560 Ti Hawk (TF3)
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post #1 of 20
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I'm stuck between two graphics cards. Both the Sapphire 6950 1GB and the 560 Ti Hawk are within $10 of each other and offer similar performance and I was wondering what peoples opinions were about these cards.

Is the non-ref Sapphire cooler any good at cooling, or does the TF3 kick the crap out of it? Will the TF3 help the 560 yield a much better overclock, or will both cards overclock well?

Will the CM 690 II move enough air to offset the extra heat exhausted by the TF3?

Last question: are there any better cards for $250?

One comment: no drivers debate up in here.

Thanks.
Edited by e30kid - 5/22/11 at 6:56am
    
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hmn i kinda think if u r going to spend 250+ $ then might just as well go with an 6950 2 gs, unlock it and have more vram and eyefinity, gtx 560 ti lose its value at above 230$ IMO.
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Cant go wrong with either.
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Having used both of them, I prefer the GTX560 Ti. It is shorter, quiter, and cooler, while trading blows with the 1GB HD6950 model in game performance depending on which company the game favors (the HD6950 wins in synthetic performance). The GTX560 Ti also runs MUCH more quietly than most HD6950 models. The reference GTX560 Ti model is very solid; it is capable of great overclocks and runs cool at low sound levels.

I would recommend this EVGA model instead of the Hawk due to the price difference and build quality of the reference model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130604
    
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hmn i kinda think if u r going to spend 250+ $ then might just as well go with an 6950 2 gs, unlock it and have more vram and eyefinity, gtx 560 ti lose its value at above 230$ IMO.
Reference 6950s are almost impossible to find under $275 and at that point you might as well buy a reference 6970 or GTX 570 for an extra $25-$35.

Thanks for the suggestion though.
    
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Reference 6950s are almost impossible to find under $275 and at that point you might as well buy a reference 6970 or GTX 570 for an extra $25-$35.

Thanks for the suggestion though.
Aw i dont know where you live but in canada we can hve the 6950 2 gs for 230$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...td.-_-14161368
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...lor-_-14131393
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<-- using sapphire 6950 1gb
cons:
- more noisy while playing game, and hot

better pick msi hawk for silent and better cooling
    
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Aw i dont know where you live but in canada we can hve the 6950 2 gs for 230$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...td.-_-14161368
The general rule of thumb for the 6950 unlock is that if it isn't a reference design, it's probably not able to unlock. That HIS card definitely isn't reference.

We have the same pricing (maybe a little bit higher) here in the US, BTW. I can pretty much guarantee that you're not going to find an unlockable 6950 for a reasonable price.
    
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<-- using sapphire 6950 1gb
cons:
- more noisy while playing game, and hot

better pick msi hawk for silent and better cooling
x2 I have one and is a must have ,superb overclocking potencial and the temperature diferences are like day to night compared with the HD6950
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post #10 of 20
Some 6950 1gb model may also unlock to 6970 shader, but it's YMMV.
6950 1gb may be faster, but I like how 560ti hawk runs cool and quiet.
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