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Poll Results: Which card? ($250 max)

 
  • 32% (11)
    Sapphire 6950 1GB
  • 64% (22)
    MSI 560 Ti Hawk (TF3)
  • 2% (1)
    Other (please comment below)
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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by staryoshi View Post
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
The hawk should have a better build quality than the reference. Not sure why you think the reference is better. Plus, the hawk has a better cooler and can be tuned to be quieter than the reference. Once the gtx560 and hd6950 are overclocked to max, the gtx560 might be faster if the hd6950 has no voltage control or if it can't unlock.
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post #12 of 20
There's absolutely nothing wrong with my EVGA SC'ed 560's (they both OC to 980MHz without voltage adjustment). But I have to admit that I'm sorry I didn't get a chance at the hawks. They look like fantastic cards...
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Xeoc View Post
The hawk should have a better build quality than the reference. Not sure why you think the reference is better. Plus, the hawk has a better cooler and can be tuned to be quieter than the reference. Once the gtx560 and hd6950 are overclocked to max, the gtx560 might be faster if the hd6950 has no voltage control or if it can't unlock.
I did not claim that the MSI model is inferior to the reference design in my post. I stated that the reference design is of high build quality. It is certainly worth it for some to save money by purchasing a reference model. That particular model carries a lifetime warranty, too.
    
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post #14 of 20
Well I've read only the reference 2GB verison of the AMD 6950 unlocks. So if it's between the AMD 6950 1GB and GTX 560ti 1GB, then I'd go GTX 560ti.

The GTX 560 over clocks like a beast. It dosen't have any issues at all. The 270.61 drivers improved it along with the GTX 580 last release and the next beta 275.27 version is going to improve it once again, along with the 580. They seem to be getting the Nvidia love for the 560 sweet spot card and their top most popular high performance 580 card.

You won't regret it. It's a slide it into your PCIe card and play without any looking back.
     
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post #15 of 20
6950 is is faster, and overclocks great too, I had two 6950 cards one Powercolor (1GB and can be unlocked !), and Sapphire FleX 6950, I overclocked them to 960 MHz core and 1450-1500 MHz memory with a little more than 1,200V and thats ~20% boost compared to default.

And overclocked like that performance is similar to GTX570 OC @ 900 MHz in Crysis Warhead, Metro 2033, Alien vs. Predator.
post #16 of 20
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I was just looking at this review for the 560 Ti Hawk and the GTX 570/6950 2GB didn't do very much better when overclocked. I think that this card should be a pretty good value.
    
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post #17 of 20
My vote is 6950. These things OC like crazy. Mine is running at 1000 / 1450 @ 1.21. It's running a little hot (for my taste), low 80's under full load but supposedly XFX said they can go up to 95c. I still plan on upgrading to a better cooling case to help out though.
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post #18 of 20
I would suggest the Msi hawk only because of the over clocking being safer with the cooling (not that the 6950 isn't safe). I am buying a hawk really soon and I was recommended it by a lot of people.
post #19 of 20
The hawk looks good but having only 1GB vram put me off it, they should've made it higher.
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post #20 of 20
Why bump an OLD thread that had a flawed choice ?

It was a bad either or option ... no one really buys 1 GB HD-6950's ? do they ?

Now make it a 2 GB HD-6950 and we've got a completely different ball game

And the Winner IS = 2 GB HD-6950 card ... Wooo Hoooo !
   
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