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1x 6950 or 2x 560ti ?

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So final part of my upgrade is upon me and the question is

1x MSI ATI Radeon HD 6950 OC Twin FrozR III Power Edition 2048MB @ £229

or

2x Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCU II TOP 1024MB @ £179ea (1 now SLI in a couple of months)

I'm confused about the whole 1Gb v 2Gb of VRAM.

I play at 1920x1200 and trying to sort myself out for the likes of D3, Skyrim and GW2. I wont be playing BF3 which is where alot of the debate around VRAM seems to have started.

Finally its going in a i5 2500k on a P8P67 Pro system

Any thoughts appreciated.

Ta in Advance
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post #2 of 11
I personally would go with the 6950
post #3 of 11
VRAM mainly becomes an issue when you multi-monitor, but nowadays games are getting more intensive and require more vram, that's why people suggest 2GB so that you are more future proof
The 6950 power edition is for £209 on scans today only page
Personally, I'd get the 6950 and since the newer cards are coming out soon the price of the older gen cards will drop so you could get another 6950 later for less, pluss AMD cards are known for scaling well
post #4 of 11
That's easy 560Ti's. Or a second 6870...
post #5 of 11
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That's easy 560Ti's. Or a second 6870...
The second 6870 idea sounds good, didnt think of that. 2x 6870's are about the same as a 580.

However, i still think id pick up the 6950.
post #6 of 11
I like my xfire 6850's. Still want more power though haha.
 
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post #7 of 11
IMO, get the MSI Radeon HD-6950 PE/OC TwinFrozrIII 2GB card @ £229 /or a Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD-6950 2GB card if it's in the same ball park price wise, though I hear that they're over charging for the TOXIC in Europe for some reason?

They are better cards than a single GeForce GTX-560Ti unless you buy the 2 GB version (evga, Palit & Point of View make a 2gb GTX-560Ti) of that card also, then they are almost equals in every way, including price generally, so more of a coin flip of which to get.

And getting TWO GeForce GTX-560Ti for SLI ... won't give you 2 GB of vram, in case you somehow thought 1 GB + 1 GB in SLI = 2 GB overall, it doesn't work that way ... so you'd be buying TWO lesser cards for MORE money than the Single HD-6950, and since TWO HD-6950's in CrossfireX scale very well, they are a healthy jump in performance over TWO 1 GB GeForce GTX-560Ti's in SLI that frankly don't. So two HD-6950's would be your better upgrade path in the future also.

VRAM becomes important when you use Multiple Monitors and/or use Larger Monitors with Higher Resolutions and/or can sometimes be an issue with Some Games that push above the 1 GB vram wall, and I guess there are a couple games that do that now and more will likely in the future ... so you're better off getting a GPU card w/ 2 GB of VRAM on it now and in the future.

IMO ... Get the MSI Radeon HD-6950 PE/OC TwinFrozrIII 2GB /or Sapphire TOXIC Radeon HD-6950 2GB card and don't look back they're BEAST's, both come factory OC'd but can be pushed even further, and Both have a chance at UN-Locking via a simple 2 position Dual Bios switch that can (about a 60-70% chance, it's NOT Guaranteed !) upgrade the card to a full HD-6970 (no FLASH'ng required) ... and a Radeon HD-6970 is certainly MUCH better than a GeForce GTX-560ti

Good Luck

Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 10/2/11 at 3:11am
   
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post #8 of 11
Two 560Ti in SLI is a heck of a lot more powerful than one 6950.
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Two 560Ti in SLI is a heck of a lot more powerful than one 6950.
Yes of course, but it also costs more ... and I meant 2 x hd-6950's in X-fire would be a better choice than 2 x 560ti's in SLI ...
Just in case you were referring to my post, and it wasn't clear enough.
   
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post #10 of 11
OP - obviously two 560Ti's will be more than one 6950. You could crossfire that also down the road. They both compare quite evenly.

You already have a 6870 so in your case your best choice would be another 6870 for less money and greater performance.

If you can hang on for a few more months the next gen cards are coming out. You'll be in a better place for wider options on better cards soon. I'm sure you can handle gaming if not on ultra maxed settings still do well on medium settings with AA turned down.

My first choice in your position would be wait, my second choice would be another 6870, and finally my third choice would be EITHER 6950 or 560Ti both 2GB if you can and Xfire/SLI down the road when pricing drops after the next gen cards come out.

Unbiased most logical opinion.
     
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