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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.
Source:
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.
Source: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/...cking_review/3

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!
    
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For a bit of a jerk answer an sugesting something that is not a choice, try to find a 6950 2GB refernce model and unlock it.

Oh, and the 6950 their is actualy the cheaper card a $210, there is a rebate.
    
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Same boat here.

I'm looking toward the Ti Hawk.
post #4 of 25
By taking a Quick Look on the graphics ranks, just go with the 6950 you linked. It's the best price on the web.

If you are really worried about money, the 560 Ti is a really good card as well if you don't plan on using more than 1 monitor in the future.
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Originally Posted by Build It Fast View Post
For a bit of a jerk answer an sugesting something that is not a choice, try to find a 6950 2GB refernce model and unlock it.

Oh, and the 6950 their is actualy the cheaper card a $210, there is a rebate.
I don't mind other suggestions. I was originally considering the 6950 2GB but from what I read in actual practice unlocking the shaders provides a negligible increase in performance as opposed to just overclocking the card. Also since I'm gaming at 1920x1080 2GB might be a bit overkill. The cheapest 2GB version I found was $270 ($250 at rebate)
So I would be paying $40 more for the 2GB version 1GB with rebate (never dealt with rebates before, hope it isn't a hassle) for a negligible increase in performance.

I still can't decide whether or not a 560 ti OC'd would be a better choice than a 6950 OC'd though.
Edited by Mocks - 6/1/11 at 1:29pm
    
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http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/381...ed/index1.html

OMG this decision is getting harder for me. According to Hard OCP a 6950 OC'd will outperform a 560 ti OC'd. However according to tweaktown's benchmarks at 1080 the OC'd 560 ti is beating the 6950 OC'd in almost every test. I'm not sure if either benchmarking site has any bias, so I'm just reading the benchmark charts and deciding for myself rather than reading the writer's opinion. If the benchmarks can be trusted, then that's awesome. The only question is whether or not it's easy to overclock a 560 ti to 970 Mhz, and whether to OC'd performance will translate well in SLI vs a 6950 crossfire setup. I also wonder if the 560 ti's temps and noise are still good when OC'd.

Since both the 6950 and 560 ti are almost the same price, am I making the right choice choosing the 560 ti?
    
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I say pick the card that performs best in the games you play. There's no sense picking a card that beats another if it's in a game that you don't even play.
    
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^Agreed, buy the card which performs well for the app/game you use and play. Consider whether Physx/Cuda/Eyefinity is more important.
Edited by Jcyle - 6/2/11 at 1:28am
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Lets be honest:

http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=639&card2=641

the stats are clear...
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post #10 of 25
Well, seeing as the gpu in the lead alternates per website, that should be an indication that they're more-or-less on the same level, so the choice is your own.
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