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I have never owned a Nvidia GPU in my life but I have heard a lot of good things about EVGA customer support so I figure it isn't a bad time to switch.

I have around $320 to spend on a new GPU because I want something with a little more VRAM than my 6870. I heard people with 6950's or lower end cards got their VRAM capped on the BC2 Alpha. I heard that your VRAM usage could go up to 1.3GB at 1920x1080. That's why I want to get either a 6950 2GB or a GTX 570.

Anyway, I was looking at the $320 GTX 570 on Amazon, which is an EVGA model. What is the difference between this one and the Superclocked model?

Also, if I want to buy another GTX 570 in the future, how well do they scale in SLI? (I will be buying a Crosshair V or Sabertooth 990FX soon).

Do you think my CPU would get bottlenecked if I upgraded to a GTX 570?

Finally, do you think the 1.28GB of VRAM on the GTX 570 will be enough to last at least 2 years for future games at 1920x1080?

Thanks in advance for the information.
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The superclock just means a slight bump in core and mem frequencies. Not worth it for extra money since it's a very mild overclock that you can perform yourself.

I have the GTX 570 reference from EVGA, and it runs every game I have played at max settings at 1920x1080.
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I say go for the 570, it's really worth it & can max nearly any game out there @1080p
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Either is going to work well. Crossfire scales slightly better. I think I would stick with a 2gb 6950 as it would be cheaper than the GTX 570 and close to the performance, however, if you want to try nvidia the 570 is still very nice.
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570 or 560. EVGA designates non-reference cards with "HD" btw.
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Get the GTX 570 MSI Twin Frozr III
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sepheroth003 View Post
Either is going to work well. Crossfire scales slightly better. I think I would stick with a 2gb 6950 as it would be cheaper than the GTX 570 and close to the performance, however, if you want to try nvidia the 570 is still very nice.
Scales better? I would like to see proof.


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Get the GTX 570 MSI Twin Frozr III
MSI cards are awesome, and look good too.
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MSI cards are awesome, and look good too.
I can vouch for this. The Twin Frozr coolers are the best you can get.
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