Originally Posted by -Frostbite-
I'm planning on building a new gaming rig, But I can't decide between the GTX 570 or HD 6970.
Please leave WHY.
Hi Frostbite, notice your new to OCN. It helps when asking questions you list your computer specs in BIO 'Edit systems' so we know what your dealing with. It helps us make the better choice for you.
I'm going to assume your playing with single monitor and not greater than 1920x1080p resolution.
Funny how people will say that 1GB VRAM cards aren't enough for a single monitor but then turn around and suggest that 2GB VRAM will spread across three monitor set ups.
Turns out that currently even maxing VRAM on single monitor has such minimal performance difference it dosen't matter. 1GB VRAM cards are enough for single monitors at or under 1920x1080p.
Here is a question I'll ask you about your current situation that you will think about and will help you figure out your own answer based on your possible needs. Ask yourself the following.
your looking into possible multiple monitors and IF
your choosing between the 6970 2GB vs the 570 1.25GB VRAM cards, then go AMD. IF your looking at the 6970 2GB vs the 570 2.5GB VRAM then go Nvidia.
your looking into possible 3D gaming and watching 3D blu-ray movies then hands down go Nvidia. On a single monitor there's very marginal difference between VRAM as anything under 1920x1080p isn't utilizing it like multiple monitors.
your not looking into either option, then flip a coin. Both run games evenly as well as each other. Some games one will do better than the other but where one wins it's minimal performance between the two and vice versa.
Hope this helps a bit. Let us know what you ended up in deciding and post back. Welcome to OCN