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I am looking to grant my System Calvin, see signature, a new graphics card. However I am currently undecided on which of the above to get. I play at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and I wish to use 4xAA/16xAAF or above. I mostly play Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Human Revolution.

Biggest argument for the 6950 (2,0 GByte), is the price, i can get it at around 230 Euros. The 6970 of course has high performance, but comes at a price of 280 Euros. The Geforce 570 seems to be a nice in between at around 260 Euros.

The 570 would have the PhysX and 3D-Vision bonus, not really neccessary though. The AMDs have Eyefinity, but i only play on one screen anyway so... meh.

What are your suggestions based on my other system specs?
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I would recommend a 6950 Twin Frozr if you can find it. From what I understand, they have a high likelihood of unlocking to a 6970, and the Twin Frozr is pretty much the best air cooler on the market for GPU's.
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http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1085/pg1/gtx-570-vs-radeon-6970-and-6950-vs-radeon-5870-all-overclocked-review-introduction.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_6970_Lightning/1.html

Check out these reviews and then you can decide if spending the extra Euros makes sense. With that being said I 2nd coachmark2 the 6950 is a better buy.
    
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post #4 of 20
Unless it is an emergency I would recommend you wait a month or 2 for the 7xxx series cards. The reports show that the 7970 and 7950 cards should be ready for sale in January. If you don't want to wait, the 7870 and 7850 are due to go up for sale in december. The 78xx cards are pretty much the same as the 69xx cards on the new platform, so it will be a much more efficiant card then the current platform.

At the very least you should wait to see the pricing for the 7xxx series cards before you make your choice and weigh your options.
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None, wait for AMD 7000 or Nvidia GTX 600
    
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Man this is the exact same position that I'm in however I'm building an entire new rig and I'll be gaming at 1200p. I have access to AMD Retail Pro and Intel Retail Edge though and one of the package deals has an HD 6850 in it. So depending on package price and availability I may just have to go with that.

However, if I was in your position and had a decent card already and it was just a simple GPU upgrade, I would do as nicedart suggests and wait for the 78xx series cards to drop next month and jump on one of those if the pricing is right. If not then at the very least it will drive down the price on the 69xx series cards a bit for you!

Hope that helps.
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I would say none of your options are good.

You are running a GTX 460 now... best bet is to SLI them especially if you only run at 1080p resolution. You can usually find them on sale for $100-115 and Black Friday is coming up

This will easily last you for another year or two at least and is the setup I use on my 1200p monitor.
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Well if your in a current working GTX 460 1GB on a single 1920x1080p monitor, going SLI with another will give you GTX 580/AMD 6970 performance for a lot less than buying one of them.

BF3 has a memory leak bug that will use whatever VRAM one has regardless. DX11 games will be your only hurdle. As for the DX9 games like MW3 you'll be killing it with that combo in FPS.

Practical and price/performance you'll get more from both by adding another GTX 460 if you can find one, than buying a single 500 series card and settle for less performance. New 7000 / 600 cards pricing from what I'm reading will be a bit more pricey than current cards.

IF your dead set on getting GTX 500 series, wait until Christmas. Nvidia is planning to offer Exclusive discount sale for this Christmas.

Kepler is coming out late and Nvidia will compete with AMD's 7000 release with drastic price cuts. Always hard to make the next step in upgrade when there is multiple choices. wink.gif
     
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Originally Posted by sulfoninchen View Post

I am looking to grant my System Calvin, see signature, a new graphics card. However I am currently undecided on which of the above to get. I play at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and I wish to use 4xAA/16xAAF or above. I mostly play Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Human Revolution.
Biggest argument for the 6950 (2,0 GByte), is the price, i can get it at around 230 Euros. The 6970 of course has high performance, but comes at a price of 280 Euros. The Geforce 570 seems to be a nice in between at around 260 Euros.
The 570 would have the PhysX and 3D-Vision bonus, not really neccessary though. The AMDs have Eyefinity, but i only play on one screen anyway so... meh.
What are your suggestions based on my other system specs?

gtx570 is the best card among these three.
In most of the games & benchmarks it beats hd6970,it consumes less power,runs cooler as opposed to hd6970!
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+1 for the comment above.
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