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Originally Posted by Byaku-X View Post
I will not be doing SLI or crossfire, or multi monitor.
The one arguement I haven't seen in this thread is that you're going to likely bottleneck games with your CPU (especially Battlefield games) before you notice the performance difference of either of these cards.

I added a 6950 to my rig when I was on a C2Q9300@3.2ghz, and while framerates improved, play still wasn't always "smooth." After upgrading to i7 2600k, games smoothed out much more, and framerates improved. The framerates probably didn't improve dramatically, but the smoothness provided by the better CPU/Chipset really made more of a difference than minor framerate improvements. I went from a 6870 to a 6950, and my main gaming is in BFBC2.

All of that being said, I'd go with 6950 over 560Ti because the only complaint people had against AMD is the drivers, but they've improved and NV have declined to the point where the drivers are basically equally positioned these days.
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The HD6950 1GB and GTX560 Ti trade blows depending on the game, with the HD6950 boasting a slight lead in synthetic benchmarks.

However, reference and most non-reference HD6950s tend to be much louder and hotter than GTX560 Ti alternatives as well as sporting much longer PCBs.

If you are less sensitive to noise and only care for price/performance, then the HD6950 1GB is often a better value. If they are similarly priced, I would opt for the GTX560 Ti, personally. That recommendation changes if you are looking to run 3 monitors on a single card, though. (Which is a neat feature )

I need to find my HD6950 1GB vs GTX560 Ti benchmarks that I recorded a month or two back
    
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The performance is pretty negligible. But as said, the 560ti would be a lot quieter than a reference 6950. You also have to think about PhysX. I know it is not such a big deal anymore, but the 6950 will not support PhysX if you want it.
    
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330

seems like they're pretty equal

i'd still pick nvidia because i dont like radeon drivers/settings etc at all!! and i've always used nvidia cards (apart from my laptop)
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I'd only take a gtx560 if I was going to fold on it or if the price difference between it and the 6950 isn't too great because they are pretty much similar in game performance, right?
or not? ^.^!
that considering the stock 560's.
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6950 2GB version > 560 1GB if you're using 1920x1200(1080) and up (and looks like you want something futureproof).
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Lol why does folding always come into the picture.
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The one arguement I haven't seen in this thread is that you're going to likely bottleneck games with your CPU (especially Battlefield games) before you notice the performance difference of either of these cards.
This is a great comment and definitely some food for thought. Having chew on it for a bit - I have some thoughts on the reason this may not have come up:

1) His CPU, while being a bit on the dated side - should rarely become a noticeable bottle neck with the exception of specific games. Many people prefer a beastly OC'd quadcore if you are stuck on LGA775 - but the majority of games (definitely NOT saying all games - just the majority) that are currently on the market don't seem to be quad core aware, mostly (very rapidly becoming "basically always") dual core aware though. Obviously this is a weak argument because if the OP is getting a top-tier graphics card, it should be assumed OP is playing both current games, as well as has plans of future games with the card.

2) The resolution that OP is gaming on should give him such amazing performance in all games under the sun that even if the CPU is "holding back potential frames" - the amount of fps that OP should expect is well above 3x the ability of even the most well trained humans to detect - and should be far more frames than OP's screen could ever hope to display per second.

Even with those two considerations - I still feel the quoted thought from GumbyM is worth some thought time - especially if anyone missed it among the other comments. OP will most likely keep this card through an eventual PC upgrade - and as such there is a likelyhood that additional frames can be achieved through this upgrade. Even though the fps increase will only be noticeable in things like benchmarks and the like, and will never be able to make their way to OP's eyes (because of the previously mentioned issues) - it is still enjoyable to see higher FPS on ""paper" even if you don't get it to your eyes.
Going along side this same line of thought - OP may one day decide that their resolution is, in today's gaming and pc world - exceptionally small. With a screen that supports a higher resolution, the CPU bottleneck may show itself in an increased number of situations - and in that situation I imagine there would be more calls for a faster CPU.

Sorry if that was a bit long winded - but I wanted to make sure to cover everything I felt pertained to this side-thread of thought.

Reference the rest of the comments on which card to go with --- I think its safe to say, that no matter what you decide you should find yourself extremely pleased with your decision. This is a situation where there really isn't a "bad" choice~
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I just crossed over today from a MSI 6950 2GB version to a Stock Nvidia 560ti here is what I found.

The 560ti is about 3/4 the lenght of the refrence 6950 I had. It only has 1Gb of Vram but I dont know the difference considering im gaming at 1920x1080. I did see a slight increase in FPS over the 6950 in some games like metro 2033, and crysis 2. I think those games are coded more for Nvidia. Plus, tessalation IMO is mutch better on the Nvidia side of things. Physx is also something to consider, its just that extra eyecandy in a select few games.

6950 is a great card built like a tank, the 560ti is its almost exact match on the green side. I Fold so that's why I side stepped. Go with what ever is cheaper and makes sense to you,you wont be disappointed in either card.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Karlz3r View Post
6950 2GB version > 560 1GB if you're using 1920x1200(1080) and up (and looks like you want something futureproof).
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Originally Posted by Byaku-X View Post
However I'd like to point out that the maximum resolution I will ever play at is 1280x1024 on a single monitor. No intent of going double/triple monitors or extending to HDMI unless I'm playing some old emulators. .. And yes I am getting either of these cards soley for gaming
Save yourself some cash OP.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-527-_-Product

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