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I can get one of the following three cards:

1. Sparkle GTX 560Ti 1024MB for $290.
2. Sparkle GTX 570 1280MB for $380.
3. Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $315.

I know that the 6950 is better than the GTX 560Ti, but I'm quite reluctant to staying with ATI. I've been with them for years, but recently they've been releasing buggy drivers and they completely neglect older cards with their performance improvements (for example with BF3 beta drivers, they only improve performance on 5000 and 6000 series).

Right now I got my eyes on BF3 and Skyrim and I want to play them both on the highest settings @ 1680x1050, and I want the best performance I can get. I wish they cost the same as in the US, but you can't get everything in life.
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Do you live in the middle east or are you stationed there
makes a diff. if you have an APO address
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I know AMD drivers aren't as good as nvidia (come on guys...you all know it's true!) but I still feel the 6950 is the better value out of those 3 - they can potentially unlock and overclock like champs, plus the 2gb of vram really helps in some games (perhaps not are your resolution, though).
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Do you live in the middle east or are you stationed there
makes a diff. if you have an APO address
I live here.
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I know AMD drivers aren't as good as nvidia (come on guys...you all know it's true!) but I still feel the 6950 is the better value out of those 3 - they can potentially unlock and overclock like champs, plus the 2gb of vram really helps in some games (perhaps not are your resolution, though).
Not sure. I've been getting black screens when logging on to Windows with the past two Catalysts. The only way I can log on normally is by rebooting with safe mode then repeat the process again but start Windows normally. I'm 90% sure this is a video card driver problem and I don't want this to happen with the 6950 as well. Either way I don't plan on messing around with the 6970 trick, sounds like it's based too much on luck.
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I'd go with the Gtx 570 if your determined to jump the Ati wagon. The 6950 is the best value of the three. It all depends if you can hang on and see if the driver issues are resolved months end before making a final decision.
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At that res, I would recommend the 560Ti but maybe choose another brand other than Sparkle, I mean, if you can.
Edited by 0mar32 - 10/13/11 at 11:03am
    
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I can get one of the following three cards:

1. Sparkle GTX 560Ti 1024MB for $290.
2. Sparkle GTX 570 1280MB for $380.
3. Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $315.

I know that the 6950 is better than the GTX 560Ti, but I'm quite reluctant to staying with ATI. I've been with them for years, but recently they've been releasing buggy drivers and they completely neglect older cards with their performance improvements (for example with BF3 beta drivers, they only improve performance on 5000 and 6000 series).

Right now I got my eyes on BF3 and Skyrim and I want to play them both on the highest settings @ 1680x1050, and I want the best performance I can get. I wish they cost the same as in the US, but you can't get everything in life.
historically speaking people say ati has inferior drivers. that being said ati is also making a better card in the 6950. i go with nvidia just because they did make better drivers and i want hassle free stuff. nothing is EVER hassle free so you will prob eventually have a driver issue that needs a rollback or something no matter what you go with

the 560s i have are a LOT more quiet then my ATI ones
the 560 is not as powerful and only 1g

heres how you should purchase.... if you plan on using more then one screen ever, get the 2g ati. if you dont i say go for a 560 because you will prob have less issues and the performance dif is minor and of no concern since you are not looking to bench anything.

if you dont care about the ati card being noisier or you believe that ATI is making better drivers like a lot of people are saying they do now then just go for it. its better value slightly

i think the 570 is kinda meh in my book
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At that res, I would recommend the 560Ti but maybe choose another brand other than Sparkle, I mean if you can.
Hey there fellow Middle Easterner.

The shop I'm buying from only has Sapphire, Gigabyte and Sparkle brands. What's wrong with Sparkle? I've never bought any of their products but I haven't heard anything bad about them either. My 4850's brand is Connect3D, I've never heard of them beforehand but it's actually one of the best cards I've had.

I'll have to do some thinking, but probably go with the 570.
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Hey there fellow Middle Easterner.

The shop I'm buying from only has Sapphire, Gigabyte and Sparkle brands. What's wrong with Sparkle? I've never bought any of their products but I haven't heard anything bad about them either. My 4850's brand is Connect3D, I've never heard of them beforehand but it's actually one of the best cards I've had.

I'll have to do some thinking, but probably go with the 570.
You haven't heard anything bad but you haven't heard anything good either, BTW which country are you from ?

EDIT: Going with the 570 will result in a major bottleneck
    
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