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560ti is an incredible card for its price. You would not regret that decision.

Btw man -- very nice set up... give me a little time... ill have something like that since I am power hungry and always want more...
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Two GTX 550Ti's are somewhat close to a GTX 570 performance. On your 20" 1680x1050 resolution you'd be just fine with 550Ti SLI and more performance than one GTX 560Ti.

Something to think about though......you can over clock a GTX 560Ti to near stock GTX 570 performance. This will also leave the door open to SLI a GTX 560Ti down the road that is just a tad better than stock GTX 580 performance. So to start out modest with this card and SLI down the road might be your better option looking ahead.

So honestly the choice is yours at the end of the day. Some food for thought.

What's the difference between GTX 560 and GTX 560Ti? GTX 560Ti comes with 384 processor cores instead of 336. Has 8 SMs instead of 7 SMs, on a tuned GF114 GPU that finally delivers a full GF104 Fermi architecture and what the GTX 460 should have been. Another difference is transistor-level changes to improve power efficiency and in turn allows for significantly faster clock speeds. Hence higher over clocking that comapres quite nicely to an unlocked AMD 6950 which is stock 570/6970 performance.

If I was you, I'd go with the single GTX 560Ti or AMD 6950. SLI/Crossfire down the road. Either very comparable with each other. At your resolution 1GB VRAM for either card will be more than fine. Looking at the bigger picutre. thumb.gif
     
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I herd you liek gtx 570s.
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560ti is an incredible card for its price. You would not regret that decision.

Btw man -- very nice set up... give me a little time... ill have something like that since I am power hungry and always want more...

Heh...thanks...about to overhaul too.
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Good choice on that 560 btw. thumb.gif
post #15 of 26
The 560Ti is probably the best path to take. SLIing your current 550Ti would be cheaper, but the performance IMO would probably be closer to a 560Ti under most circumstances than a 570. The problem with the 550Ti is the lack of unified shaders. A pair of 550Tis has the same number of unified shaders as a 560Ti, but the 560Ti does it without the complications and drawbacks of SLI.

The way I figure it is.. when you can SLI a pair of cards and come out ahead of a top of the line cards for less money, then it is an interesting and worthwhile option- even worth dealing with the SLI trade-offs for most people. GTX460s are so popular for this reason, a pair of them is often better than a GTX580 at a fraction of the cost. The 550Ti in SLI, doesn't represent that same sort of "overtake" of the top end cards on the value, all it does is deliver similar performance to a relatively high end card in ideal circumstances.
     
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GTX 550 Ti OC/6770 OC and above~wink.gif
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The 560Ti is probably the best path to take. SLIing your current 550Ti would be cheaper, but the performance IMO would probably be closer to a 560Ti under most circumstances than a 570. The problem with the 550Ti is the lack of unified shaders. A pair of 550Tis has the same number of unified shaders as a 560Ti, but the 560Ti does it without the complications and drawbacks of SLI.
The way I figure it is.. when you can SLI a pair of cards and come out ahead of a top of the line cards for less money, then it is an interesting and worthwhile option- even worth dealing with the SLI trade-offs for most people. GTX460s are so popular for this reason, a pair of them is often better than a GTX580 at a fraction of the cost. The 550Ti in SLI, doesn't represent that same sort of "overtake" of the top end cards on the value, all it does is deliver similar performance to a relatively high end card in ideal circumstances.

Perfectly stated. I think your best options would be the 560Ti, HD 6950, or maybe even 460GTX's in SLI if you can find them for cheap. The performance of my factory overclocked HD 6950's in crossfire on Battlefield 3 with all settings, even MSAA at x4, I am able to get an average of 67 FPS (1080p). With MSAA off I get a solid 85-130 FPS (1080p). I used to be big on nVidia because their products always worked for me, but I made the switch to the 69XX series from ATI after the 400 series from nVidia. If fine-tuning and overclocking are your thing, then the immaturity of ATI's drivers can actually be fun biggrin.gif.

The 560Ti's will probably be easier to use if you just want to plug and play them, nVidia is great for that. But the HD 6950 gives you more performance options for the same price. Either way, the 560Ti or the HD 6950 are both solid choices that give you the option of either running a single GPU or upgrading to SLI/Crossfire, both cards seem to scale great.
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Staying on the same resolution if you add another you can expect around a 50 to 60 percent increase.
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In response to all of the advice, If I were to stay with my screen, running two 550tis would be the best option and cheapest one frankly . I will want to get a full HD monitor and have everything on max settings running between 60-70 fps on games. I have never had a higher end ATI card. The last card I had was an integrated one (HD4330) which isnt even in the same league by far to the HD6950.One more concern I have is with the PSU. I do plan to upgrade it after the end of next year. It is only about 2 months old and run just fine. Running all I have along with two GTX550s the wattage will be in the 500s... given that PSUs deplete slowly over the course of time - I dont want it to become a progressively heavier load for it to power. So getting a 6950 or 560ti/570 and Crossfiring/SLIing would require a larger PSU (I already have the GS800 or TX 850 from Corsair in mind)
I have looked at the GTX 460 and compared benchmarks with the GTX550ti..
Source:www.cpubenchmark.net
GTX460: 2367 marks
GTX 550ti (900mhz reference card): 1880
My 550ti (1000mhz overclocked): 2382

They are testing out the standard GTX460 as well. I have looked at those card and I am not sure if those cards in SLI would demand more power than my 550ti in SLI.
Two of those will run approx $380-400 and selling mine for around $100 would make it around what I would pay for a GTX560ti DS or HD6950.

I will either go with a GTX 560ti /570 and will look into the HD6950 or 6970 since they seem to have very respectable numbers in comparison to Invidias 500 series.
Case in point - I want to make my machine a little more future proof.. with more demanding games coming out in the next year or two.
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Well if your curious about the GTX 550Ti SLI set up here is a nice video that goes over that a bit you might find interesting.
     
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