Originally Posted by Jodiuh
Here's the order: 9800GTX, 4850, 260 216, 470, 460 1GB, 6870, 560 Ti
Honestly, I'm on # 3 right now and still getting random driver stopped responding problems. I've had the card since release and the issue started w/ the 280.26 Betas and have persisted through the latest beta. EVGA's telling me that all 3 cards passed their tests despite the first RMA's fan being unable to spin, lol. At this point, I think it's a driver issue, but it's odd that it happens far less on the latest RMA. So is it worth $200? Maybe, if you're one of the fortunate wo/ issues. FWIW, I could got mostly above 50 FPS playing BF3's beta w/ high detail preset on Caspian. It seemed pretty playable.
That said, if I were to get something today, it'd probably be a 6950 2GB. 1GB's just not enough. I had hoped to go SLI w/ a cheap used 560 Ti later, but that's all moot now since BF3 needs more. I was getting 3.3 FPS on Ultra preset, lol! But maybe wait awhile to see how BF3 does if that's something you're waiting for.
After looking through the various cards, I wouldn't even bother. 560 Ti's for $200/$210? I paid $220 for mine brand new nearly 10 months ago AND got 3 games. 570's for $300? I guess you just have to keep your eyes on the good deals (saw one 570 go for $240). But overall it looks a little overpriced in there.
You do bring up a good point about the 560 Ti lacking the VRAM that is really needed for the new games coming out. I really wish that NVidia had given it at least 1.5GB. I think that I'll avoid the 500 series for now. It sort of feels like AMD is beating them with the 6k series, and the prices are pretty inflated for a 560 Ti. They are including Batman which is a great game, but I was never planing on buying it in the first place so it's sort of a moot value add. I never played the first one.
I wish that a 6950 with 2GB VRAM was cheaper. I could order one for $250 with a $20 rebate. So I think that I've narrowed my options down:
1. Get the 460 for $144.99 + $30 MIR. total $114.99
Performance isn't too bad compared to newer cards (6870)
Best bang / buck ratio
Decent cooler, and has a good chance of overclocking to 900Mhz+ AKA. wring the snot out of it.
Performance is less compared to other cards out there. (560 Ti, 6950)
460 SLI is slower then 6870 CF
No game included
$30 MIR - A decent amount of money hinging on this rebate being accepted
2. Powercolor Radeon HD 6950 2GB $249.99 + $20MIR = $229.99
2 GB VRAM for large resolutions / textures
Decent cooling should help with overclocking
Good upgrade path (Add another 6950 2GB)
Initial price is about $100 over my original budget / ~$75 after MIR. This hurts a lot.
Powercolor is not a top tier brand
Going to be obsolete in 6 months with the release of the 7k series
No free game
3. Grab a 6870 for $185 + $20 MIR = $165
Great scaling with CF
Free Dirt 3
Only 1 GB VRAM
Performance is only ok
Reference heatsink & XFX service
I'm leaning between option #1 and #2. If any of you know of any cheaper new 6950's with 2GB and not at Tiger Direct please post.
If I went for a 6950 I wouldn't have to go through the bother of swapping out the 460 / selling it. Plus once the 7K come out I could try and grab another for CF. Decisions decisions decisions . . .
I wish I could just demo these cards out in my new system. There should be a video card rental company.
EDIT: I decided to buy the 460 GTX for $114.99 after MIR. Once I overclock the crap out of it the performance will be a little better than a stock 560. It will keep me held over until both AMD / NVidia release their new card series. If I get a 6xx card then I can use this 460 as an overkill PhysX card. If I go with a 7xxx card then I'll either put it in my HTPC or sell it on here for some coin.
I noticed that someone posted this card in the online deals section on here, so I hope I ordered soon enough before they sell out. I wish I had ordered earlier.
Thank you again everyone who helped me decide which card to get for my new build. OCN FTW Edited by AtomicFrost - 10/17/11 at 5:17pm