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I bought an EVGA GTX 560 Ti, last weekend from Micro Center, and it is definitely a fine upgrade from my old-school Radeon 4870. With that said, it was kind of a blind-buy I did without a whole lot of research. The price was right, I was bumming around Micro Center, and I decided to just go for it.

Now that I've had time to do my proper research, I can definitely conclude that I made a good purchase, but I'm still wondering if this will be a powerful enough card that I can hold on to for the next couple years. What do you guys/gals think?

I see that this is a more subjective question, but I just wanted some input from y'all! I plan on upgrading to Sandy Bridge soon, since my slightly-OC'd q9400 holds back some of the glory.
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I did a similar thing by going from a GTX260 216 to a GTX470 and wasn't all that impressed. It did make BC2 run smoother but overall I can't say the difference was that great. It should still last you 2 years though.

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How future-proof it is is relative to what you play and plan on playing, what resolution you're currently using and will be using later on, and if/when you plan on upgrading, I personally just got the 560 Ti in my sig as I came from a 9600GT and It was absolutely worth it. We essentially share the same performance processor wise also.

The way I see it is we'll get significantly more out of our 560 Ti's in quad core games, like the upcoming BF3/Elder Scrolls Skyrim.

Our procs bottleneck us in the cycle hungry dual core games.

But, everything I mentioned about is relative to what you personally define to be acceptable performance.

In my opinion you'll enjoy the upgrade, especially in quad core games, and the 560 Ti should last you quite some time.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 5/29/11 at 7:55am
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It will be fine for many years.I have my first "real" gpu still.It's a 9800GTX+.It can still hold it's own in games.Yes my 480 can run at higher settings but the older card still is good.The latest series of cards should give the same futureproofness(Is that even a word?).As long as you don't need the highest setting while gaming in the future you will fine.
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I think u made a good deal . I had a 4870 too , and switched back to the good old Nvidia . 560ti is strong enough .
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Pairing it up with a second 560Ti should you choose in the future would net you about a 10-20% fps gain on a single 580, which is twice the price of a single card, so that option will be open to you.

The card itself is a fine piece of hardware, got 975 clock out of mine with a slight voltage bump and i've never seen it run hotter then 73c (non-reference cooler though)

I went the 560Ti 2gb to SLI it and run 57x10 resolution, alot of reviews have said its the best bang for buck card on the market atm.

You can also pick up a EVGA one on newegg atm for $192 (after MIR), so the price is definately competitive.

cheers,

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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado View Post
How future-proof it is is relative to what you play and plan on playing, what resolution you're currently using and will be using later on, and if/when you plan on upgrading, I personally just got the 560 Ti in my sig as I came from a 9600GT and It was absolutely worth it. We essentially share the same performance processor wise also.
I will eventually upgrade from my horrible SyncMaster T220, which only runs at 1680x1050 -- to probably a 1920x1080. (The SyncMaster has miserable backlight bleed and does blacks rather poorly)

What's funny is that at first I was not impressed by the 560 (over my 4870), but then I began OC'ing my CPU to find that I was being completely held back @ 2.66GHz. Since the budget is currently tight, I'm going to wait until autumn to upgrade to a brand new rig, but I'm going to build it around my 560.

I would just hold on to the 4870 and wait until autumn to upgrade EVERYTHING, but jeeze, I'm tired of running all of my games on medium!
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Get a second one and you'll have a very powerful setup. Definitely enough power to last the next couple of years....
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The 560 ti can hold its own at 1080p, you made a good choice and it will be able to handle the upcoming blockbuster games to come for a while. By the time you NEED an extra 560 ti to max your games you can pick up another one for cheap.
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I will eventually upgrade from my horrible SyncMaster T220, which only runs at 1680x1050 -- to probably a 1920x1080. (The SyncMaster has miserable backlight bleed and does blacks rather poorly)
LOL, I have one of those T220 and I like it...I must be blind or something..lol

anyway, your oldie 4870 was probably still decent. But with the 560Ti, you gain a lot in new features like DX11 stuff (tesselation being one of them) and other stuff...

all in all, you probably doubled the horsepower available.

BTW, I seen a difference from going from a Q9550 @ 3.6 to a 2500K at 4.5GHz ,so your plan to get a Sandybridge is a good one!
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