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I'm on currently working on my first custom built rig. All of the specs of in my rig-sig are accurate minus the GPU which I am still debating. I just read a review by HardForums on the 560 Ti and though I'm in love with its temperatures and performance for its class, I'm starting to love the 6950 which has more VRAM, better performance on high resolutions but worse temperatures. Fortunately for me, I found a 6950 by MSI with their marvelous Twin Frozr II HSF. According to reviews on that specific model, the temperatures are just as good as with the 560 Ti.

Now my only worries are whether I should spend a bit more for it. I found the Nvidia card for $250 on Newegg--no rebate--and I found the AMD card for $290--excluding $25 rebate. Why one should I go for and will my Thermaltake 775W PSU be enough to support two of either couple of bad boys in SLI/Xfire? I won't buy two right now, but I'd like to have the option to do so later on.
Edited by Skullpture - 6/21/11 at 5:18pm
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I was in the same predicament as you a few months ago. I decided to go with a reference 6950 because of the unlocking potential and extra VRAM. I will be going with a dual monitor + xfire setup very soon and the 2GB VRAM will surely help. However, the 560Ti performs very nicely and overclocks to 570 performance as well. Really, what pushed me to the red side was the extra VRAM.

So, with that being said, if you plan on running more than one card and higher resolutions, you may be better off going with the 6950. Just my

EDIT: Before the question arises, I will not be using my current CPU/Mobo when I purchase my 2nd 6950 and dual monitors.
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I was in the same predicament as you a few months ago. I decided to go with a reference 6950 because of the unlocking potential and extra VRAM. I will be going with a dual monitor + xfire setup very soon and the 2GB VRAM will surely help. However, the 560Ti performs very nicely and overclocks to 570 performance as well. Really, what pushed me to the red side was the extra VRAM.

So, with that being said, if you plan on running more than one card and higher resolutions, you may be better off going with the 6950. Just my

EDIT: Before the question arises, I will not be using my current CPU/Mobo when I purchase my 2nd 6950 and dual monitors.
Yeah the extra gig really is appealing. Temps were my biggest concern at first by seeing as though both have almost identical temps with the TFII HSF, I can't see why I wouldn't upgrade. Also, reading the feedback of the 6950 on Newegg, it is unlockable. How easy is it to unlock and will it decrease stability?

Also, will 775W suffice for a two 6950s (or even 6970s if I unlock them)?

Thanks for the quickly reply BTW.
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the powersupply should be able to power xfire 6950s without any problems.
    
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the powersupply should be able to power xfire 6950s without any problems.
Splendid! Thank you, I'm going for the 6950.

If anyone believes these two should not be together (the 6950 and I), please speak now or forever hold your peace.
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agree. get the 6950. overall the better card if you don't fold that is.
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Wait. What about PhysX? AMD GPUs can't do PhysX since it's exclusive to Nvidia cards. How do you guys enjoy games with/without PhysX while using AMD cards?
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lol oh noes, 6950 hasno physx,

i enjoy the games without physx, and a lot
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I absolutely love my 560Ti's they run everything and run super cool too. What resolution will you be running everything on? If you have a super high resolution or multiple screens, I would say go for the 6950s due to the extra VRAM. If not I say save some money and go with 560Ti's. Maybe put that money into an SSD, but that's another story! My 560's run everything maxed out on my 1080P monitor, absolutely no problems.

775W should def be enough, I have more then I need with 900W but I guess there's always room for upgrades!!
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As an Nvidia owner, and former AMD owner I can tell you there is no noticeable difference with physx. Only a couple of games utilize physx, and it's really poorly implemented. Basically don't even put physx into the equation.

A far more important feature of Nvidia cards is their outstanding folding performance. They absolutely smash AMD cards in this regard, so if you are doing folding or plan to in the future you definitely want an Nvidia card. I believe they are also much better for programs like Autocad and photoshop.

Basically if you are just going to game on your system than the 6950 is the way to go, it does perform better than the 560ti and the temp/noise difference is negligible with something like the TF cooler.
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