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So I got a 6950 2gb (visiontek). Its not reference so no unlocking. The picture advertised was a reference card. I hear visiontek may rma it for a ref card. If they denie me I may return it. The 6950 TfIII is 30 more.

But the 570 (evga) is $50 more.
What should I do? Dont care about folding or cuda and game at 1080. Also is a ref. 570 safe to push hard with an oc? (vrms)

Budget is max 320 from amazon only.
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I would take the 570 over a 6950 any day but ref 570's are a no go due to bad vrm's. Try your luck with the 6950 Twin Frozr III with unlocking although it doesnt make a huge difference. I prefer the ref coolers personally so try getting a replacement from visiontek first
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For gaming at 1080p a 6950 will do more than fine. However a 570 comes close to a 6970 so it is more powerful. Personally I wouldn't pat 50$ more for it though. The 6950 should do fine.
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Yea it seems like a good deal but don't overvolt those ref 570's and you should be fine
    
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You can volt up to 1.1v just fine on reference cards, just watch temps. If it's going to blow, it'll do it at stock or mild OC settings anyway. No need to be cautious, and all new cards are under warranty. The whole reference scare thing is over.

That being said, the 570 is a better performer, slightly. I'd say it's up to you for preference, do you want CUDA to fold, do you like the idea of physx? Do you like the driver support from AMD or Nvidia better? These are the questions that should drive you, not just raw performance.
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Thanks for the advice keep em coming if you have an opinion. rep incoming.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steadly2004 View Post
You can volt up to 1.1v just fine on reference cards, just watch temps. If it's going to blow, it'll do it at stock or mild OC settings anyway. No need to be cautious, and all new cards are under warranty. The whole reference scare thing is over.

That being said, the 570 is a better performer, slightly. I'd say it's up to you for preference, do you want CUDA to fold, do you like the idea of physx? Do you like the driver support from AMD or Nvidia better? These are the questions that should drive you, not just raw performance.
Since when does AMD have drivers?
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Anyone got an opinion besides fanboyism?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lightsout View Post
570 worth $50 over 6950?
Very much so.
I came from a 6970 and couldn't be happier.

Every game every setting every time works perfectly, seems smoother, and this GPU is faster as it has more OC potential (air). It's the driver set that's the real difference though (superior tess performance/PhysX, etc). Nothing against my Radeon/'s I liked them too. More of budget GPU's, but good cards for the money in the performance category. Features no/Stability not so much.
Edited by amstech - 7/29/11 at 10:46am
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Keep the 6950... imo i like nvidia more but the 6950 is a better option.
    
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