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GTX560Ti 1GB Hawk SLI vs. HD6950 TFII 2GB

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So I was lucky enough to pick up 2 GTX560Ti Hawks and a 2GB 6950 today from open box sale @ Newegg. Which set up do you guys think I should go with and why?

A little more info about system: I game on a 27" 1920x1080 and will be playing BF3 and SW:ToR this fall/winter. Running a 2500k, P8P67 Pro, 8GB DDR 1600, and no SSD (not yet, anyways).

I'm wondering what'll give me the best performance and why.

The 6950 card was $175 while the SLI 560's were $300 for both. Quite a price difference I know, but I could end up Xfire'ing the 6950 later.

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The 560Ti is better in most games but the 6950s are better with some DX11 stuff. Hope any other got some better answers than me... Im tired and going to bed now, hope you'll find your answer! Good Night!
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As he said even in CF/SLI they're going to exchange a bit in gaming with no absolute winner.

The 560s are going to be faster vs a single 6950 no question there.

The TFII doesn't unlock, but at $175 its a great deal.

1080 and 1gb is cutting it really close these days, because of that I would probably opt into the single 6950 and sell off the 560 tis. Before I did that though I'd probably want another 6950 just to compare drivers and how fluid the game play looks with each setup as neither will probably have a frame rate that is sub standard at 1080.

So with performance not really being a factor (epeen only) it comes down to if the 560tis 1gb is a problem, and which company provides the best drivers for fluid game play.
    
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As he said even in CF/SLI they're going to exchange a bit in gaming with no absolute winner.

The 560s are going to be faster vs a single 6950 no question there.

The TFII doesn't unlock, but at $175 its a great deal.

1080 and 1gb is cutting it really close these days, because of that I would probably opt into the single 6950 and sell off the 560 tis. Before I did that though I'd probably want another 6950 just to compare drivers and how fluid the game play looks with each setup as neither will probably have a frame rate that is sub standard at 1080.

So with performance not really being a factor (epeen only) it comes down to if the 560tis 1gb is a problem, and which company provides the best drivers for fluid game play.
Sounds like my initial thoughts when purchasing. I was in a frenzy trying to grab the open box deals (a lot of the time you can place an order but then get an out of stock e-mail) and ended up getting all three cards. I think that the performance will be incredibly similar - question for me is whether the 1GB is going to be a limiting factor.

I've used Nvidia my entire life and have never had any problems with their drivers, so jumping to ATI will definitely be a big step to me. I'm just wondering if the 2GB is really necessary given that I only play 1080p and have no plans to jump to 1200 or 1600 in the near future.

Anyone able to chime in on the 1GB vs 2GB for 1080p display? Games played would include BF3 and SW:ToR (I know requirements/specs aren't really available for these games yet, but any hypothetical answer would be much appreciated).
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Its cutting it close, there are several titles for me that go over 1GB of vram. The question is though is it going far enough over it to affect game play. I don't have an answer for that, the only (non modded) game that will use more than 1.25GB of vram is Crysis 2 and I only had issues during loading times with my cards.

Shogun 2 also used more then 1.25GB of vram, but required double unit size and increased AA to the point where two 470s at 900 core didn't have enough gpu power to keep me out of the low 20s anyways (really no point since I lacked the gpu power to push those settings vram wasn't allowed to limit me because a lack of gpu cores was before it).
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I see. Such a hard decision to make D= I think I may stick with the 560Ti's just because I have always used and loved Nvidia cards. If the 1GB ever becomes a problem, I'll just have to upgrade.
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Well I've owned both cards in the last 3 days. Tbh it's too hard to tell which is better. The 6950 2gb may be better in a few more games but it definitely runs hotter then the 560ti (especially the 560ti hawk with the twin frozr 3 cooler). If you play at higher then 1920x1080 you should pick the 6950 2gb (or a 2gb version of the 560ti). anything lower then 1920x1080 it's just too close to call. If you are planning to add a second card for SLI/crossfire then the 560ti's would probably be a better choice since they're much cooler unless you have an amazing case and a lot of cooling. Plus you get physx and nvidias drivers which are always nice.

tldr; Get a card with 2gb vram for anything higher then 1920x1080. Other then that it's too close to call. It all comes down to what res you play in and if you like nvidia or ati better.
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1080p I eat more than 1GB VRAM in STALKER, Metro, Shogun 2, Crysis 2, ETC.
    
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