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Ok I know there are 10,000 questions like this but they all seem to be old or not relevant. I need opinions on which is better....

560ti SLI or 6950 xfire??

Before everyone goes and says to get the 6950s and flash them to 6970s, I have found that the unlockable 6950s are very hard to find now. If someone can show me one that I can do it on that'd be awesome.

Also, I'm leaning towards the nVidia because, while they def trade blows depending on the game, every test I have seen has it outperforming the 6950 in games that I will most likely play. 560>6950 in BFBC2 so it will most likely be better for BF3. Same with Arkham Asylum and the new Arkham City.
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I would go with the 6950s. They overclock really well, and the TFIIIs can be unlocked. If you are unsure about the unlocking thing though, go with the 560 TIs. I went through this same problem when I bought my 6950s.
    
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Yeah it seems like there are equally as many people who like ATI and nvidia and it's just going to come down to personal preference
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6950 xfire .. 560ti's would be abit slower . 570's in sli is a better comparison.

grab two 6950's and unlock them to 6970 ... best bang for buck ! only the 2gb unlocks btw .
    
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Yeah it seems like there are equally as many people who like ATI and nvidia and it's just going to come down to personal preference
You pretty much answered your own question.

The GTX 470, GTX 560 Ti, HD 5870 & HD 6950 are all within a few percent of each other in terms of overall performance. Take your pick. You can't really lose.
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6950 xfire .. 560ti's would be abit slower . 570's in sli is a better comparison.

grab two 6950's and unlock them to 6970 ... best bang for buck ! only the 2gb unlocks btw .
Excuse me if I'm wrong, but what's the big deal about "unlocking" 6950s? Not only are unlockable ones harder to find, but even if you can unlock them to 6970s, that only makes them roughly equal to 570s, right? And almost every GTX 560 ti can reach 570 speeds anyways. Also, if I understand correctly, 6950s unlocked into 6970 can't really be overclocked much (if at all). In that case, I fail to see how the 6950s are a better deal.

Unless you CAN overclock unlocked 6950s. I'd been told you can't, so again, pardon me if I'm mistaken.
post #7 of 18
6950 CF performs quite a bit better than 560 SLI due better scaling and being slightly faster overall.
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Coming from a previous 6950 owner, I would strongly advise you go with the 560 ti's. I've unlocked my 6950, and all I tend to play is BF: BC2, lately. After I unlocked the 6950, I get nothing but random crashes. Sometimes its within 5 minutes, sometimes 30.

Now this is the ONLY game I have crashes with, AFTER the unlocking of the 6950. Another thing I didn't like about the 6950, was that it was HUGE. Overclocking a 560 Ti, you should be fine, and you'd save space, if that matters to you.

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Coming from a previous 6950 owner, I would strongly advise you go with the 560 ti's. I've unlocked my 6950, and all I tend to play is BF: BC2, lately. After I unlocked the 6950, I get nothing but random crashes. Sometimes its within 5 minutes, sometimes 30.

Now this is the ONLY game I have crashes with, AFTER the unlocking of the 6950. Another thing I didn't like about the 6950, was that it was HUGE. Overclocking a 560 Ti, you should be fine, and you'd save space, if that matters to you.

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6950 is faster than 560 at stock. So you unlocked a 6950 which goes against the warranty policies and then complain about your card failing? Are you serious?

And you most likely flashed it to a 6970, not just unlocked the shaders.
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You'd better check those BC2 results again, I suggest you look through NV and EVGA forums regarding BC2 and SLI, mostly the driver threads.

Anyway it would help to know the full system specs, resolution , number of monitors and such.
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