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Hello,

Im looking to return my hd 5770 and get a more higher performance graphics card. im looking at either an nvidia gtx 470 or amd hd 6950. both cost almost the same price.... between 280 and 300 for the amd and 280 for an evga gtx 570. what would be the best bang for my dollar. i want to be able to handle two monitors for work, video encoding and some games and video playback. 3d is ok, but really needed or wanted. work is dtp and graphic design. games would be along the lines of crysis and mass effect. or if another model would be good, please suggest it. my budget tops out at 300... and the lower the better..=)

thx - john
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6950 beats the 470 hands down. Also 6950 produces less heat and much more efficient.
    
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GTX 560 Ti =/= 470.
     
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6950 beats the 470 hands down. Also 6950 produces less heat and much more efficient.
incomming ballathefeared after that comment.

OP The 470 is a great card. That being said I would recommend the 6950. The 2GB of VRAM is one of the reasons, but also due to the fact that the 6950 will beat a 470 in most benches though sometimes by only a few FPS.

The 6950 natively supports more than two monitors which makes it easier to go the eyefinity/surround option should you want to consider that too. Lastly, it's simply newer tech. Newer tech is (with few exceptions) always a step forward over older tech (like the last gen fermis).
    
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incomming ballathefeared after that comment.
LOL, that's exactly what I was thinking.
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+1 for the 6950. If you get a reference 2gb version, you could possibly unlock it to a 6970. At least just the shaders, and it'd be even more bang for the dollar. If you don't feel comfortable doing that, the 6950 at stock will still be a formidable offering. The higher vram will also help with multimonitor stuff, especially if you ever add a third.

470 is a great card too. I'm using one right now, and it's solid. However if you're going to buy new anyway, the 6950 is a good bargain.
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post #7 of 11
Your title says 470vs6950 then get the 6950 hands down. However you mentioned a 570 vs 6950, and in that situation it's a toss up. Do you need cuda? Thy perform very closely, with the 570 being a hair better from what I've seen. Do you think you'll need more than 1.2 gb memory?
Edited by steadly2004 - 6/20/11 at 12:08am
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post #8 of 11
2GB 6950.

Try for a reference card so you can unlock to a 6970, but even if you can't it's definitely the better card.
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Seems the 2gb reference ones that are unlockable may be a little hard to find anymore. ;-;
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post #10 of 11
OP, are you comparing 570 to 6950 or 470 to 6950?

470<6950<570, both in price and performance.
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