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I'm currently in the process of getting a new PC specs sorted out, off the top of my head I have a 2500k i5, 8GB Ripjaws RAM, MSI P67A.

However I have come to the graphics card and I am deciding between a 2GB 6950 *Might get unlocked to a 6970* or a 1 GB GTX 570, I need to know which one is better and the capabilities one has compared to the other EG PhysX Eyefinity etc.


I will be playing games like BF3, Mafia 2, LA Noire so I want the best FPS whilst being on max settings.

Thanks.
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In short single card run down.

Multiple monitors (3) - 1. AMD 6970 2GB 2. AMD 6950 2GB.

AMD can run three monitors with single card.

Multiple monitors (2) - 1. GTX 570 2.5GB 2. AMD 6970 2GB 3. AMD 6950 2GB.

All can run two monitors and more VRAM is better across multiple monitors.

Single monitor - 1. GTX 570 or AMD 6970 2. AMD 6950 or GTX 560Ti.

Here more VRAM isn't going to effect performance at 1920x1200 and only by a few FPS between 2560x1600 single monitor.

In short dual card run down.

Multiple monitors (2 or 3) - 1. GTX 570 2.5GB 2. AMD 6970 2GB 3. AMD 6950 2GB or GTX 560Ti 2GB.

Again more VRAM is better across multiple monitors.

Single monitor - 1. GTX 570 2.5GB or AMD 6970 2GB 2. AMD 6950 2GB or GTX 560Ti 2GB.

Again more VRAM here isn't going to effect performance at 1920x1200 and only by a few FPS between 2560x1600.

Quick note on the AMD 6950 2GB unlock. By far this is the best price/performance gain but not raw performance. Even a heavily over clocked GTX 560Ti 2GB would be a great price/performance choice. HOWEVER, not all AMD 6950's are unlocking anymore. Sapphire Toxic AMD 6950 IMO would be best in this option to unlock with BIOS switch. wink.gif

Keep in mind two things....If you looking for AMD 6970/GTX 570 performance then please buy one as oppose to take a risk. Secondly, an over clocked AMD 6970 or GTX 570 will beat in raw performance an unlocked AMD 6950 with OC or even heavily over clocked GTX 560Ti.

This is debateable due to many benchmarks that support both sides of the debate. Bottom line is many games with 4xMSAA and 4xAA will do better on Nvidia cards and with these settings off will do better on AMD. Up to you how you'd like to play'em. At the end of the day any of the three cards your looking into will serve you nicely and give you the gaming performance you'll need for gaming. smile.gif

Oh btw....Welcome to OCN Kieranloftus! thumb.gif If you have time, submit your system specs in your profile so others helping you has an idea of what your dealing with to help you make the best choice for your set up etc....
     
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Thanks! I will put specs when I get a new PC I will because my current specs are embarrassing. Does physX effect many games? I heard that DX11 is better than it, also how does 3D do on games?
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Thanks! I will put specs when I get a new PC I will because my current specs are embarrassing. Does physX effect many games? I heard that DX11 is better than it, also how does 3D do on games?

3D vision as in 3D games and watching 3D blu-ray movies? Nvidia is the way to go hands down. Nvidia does 3D vision much better and on a hardware level.

For me it's been a lot of fun with my single GTX 580. I game first run through a campaign highest settings with difficulty on medium for most eye candy. Then switch to 3D vision, turn down settings one notch to keep optimal performance, and turn up difficulty to high for a second run at the same game. Gaming for me has been twice the fun now. thumb.gif

As for PhysX, not many popular games use it and shouldn't be the reason why you pick one card over another. Where PhysX is used it does a great job. Most popular game out that does PhysX great is Batman Arkum Asylum and City, Alice: Madness Returns, Mafia I & II, and Metro 2033.

Nvidia Link to PhysX some games.

Again not many games offer it as it has to be incorporated into design by software developers. It's strictly Nvidia proprietary. Most developers prefer to use things like MSAA and tesselation to improve graphics that both NVidia and AMD can render so they can appeal to a wider consumer range for thier games.

Just to show you what PhysX does do in when it does.
     
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buy 6950 2GB for some games need huge VRAM.
and AMD have good EyeFinity output technology than NVIDIA.
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For 1 monitor output. Which will deliver the max FPS at top settings?
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