Never before has a graphics card decision been more difficult for me.
I originally was going to get the 6950 1GB, but someone convinced me that the 560 ti would be better since it overclocks better and is quieter. I know the 560 ti has more overclocking headroom than the 6950, but with both cards overclocked to the max which has the better performance? (only GPU overclocking experience i've had is simply raising clock speeds on AMD Overdrive) I game at 1920x1080.
Apparently according to Bit Tech the 560 ti OC'd beats a 6950 OC'd, though they only benchmarked Just Cause 2 and Dirt 2 for the test.
560 ti OC'd - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...-1gb-review/10
6950 1GB OC'd - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/201...-1gb-review/10
However HardOCP says otherwise; they say that the 560 ti OC'd only merely matches the 6950 1GB at stock speeds, and that the 6950 1GB can OC and gain even better performance.
The cheapest 560 ti I can get is around $226 (with shipping): http://www.provantage.com/galaxy-56n...=0CA0QgwgwADgA
While the cheapest 6950 1GB I can get is $240 (free 2-day shipping):
I also plan on doing an sli/crossfire setup in the future when I need more performance. Dual gpu scaling seems to be similar for both the 560 ti and the 6950 1GB, so I assume that the card with better overall OC'd performance will also perform better in sli/crossfire. I hope that it isn't to difficult to OC a 560 ti or 6950 in sli/crossfire. I don't want to spend too much money on a power supply but I'm willing to spend a little more on a good one. Would a Corsair AX 850w handle a 560 ti OC'd in SLI? (plus my CPU OC'd as well)
I'm currently using a 4850 1GB and have been using it for 2 years. I've never used a Nvidia card before and while I never had problems with ATi's drivers (nothing game breaking at least) I'm curious as to how well Nvidia drivers work. I've heard good things about Nvidia's drivers such as automatic SLI profile downloading (as opposed to manual crossfire profile downloading with ATI) and faster SLI profile updates with Nvidia (Witcher 2 had day 1 SLI support I think), which is why I'm leaning towards the 560 ti. However I'm agonizing on whether or not its a good choice because I don't know if the 6950 1GB will be a faster card for the money. I'm okay if the 560 ti is a little slower (talking about a difference of frame rates in single digits) if Nvidia's drivers really are better.
Guys help me with my dilemma!