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Radeon HD 6870 Vs GeForce GTX 560

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So I go to PC Case Gear where I had stocked up my shopping cart over the last few days, open the cart up and notice that all of a sudden my batch of parts is about $200 (AUD) cheaper than it used to be.

A quick scan of the parts in the list told me that the Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 was missing. I went to add it in again, thinking I'd accidentally deleted it or something, only to find that the site no longer has ANY 6870 cards listed.

Now, I'm not sure if this is because they're no longer selling them, or if they're simply out of stock, so I sent them an email asking such questions, but in the meantime I'm looking at alternatives, and from where I'm standing, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 looks to fall in the same price range. I don't think I can stretch my budget to go the Ti model though.

I'm a bit disappointed though, because the Gigabyte GeForce isn't nearly as pretty as the Radeon was, and I can't really justify going up to the ASUS DirectCU II model. So, I was wondering if anybody can tell my the following:

How do the Gigabyte GTX 560 1GB Super Overclocked and the ASUS GTX 560 1GB DirectCU stack up against each other, and how do they compare to the Radeon 6870?

Thanks.

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EDIT:

I just heard back from the sales rep at PC Case Gear. Turns out that I was too slow. Due to the 6xxx line being discontinued by ATI, PCCG can no longer source the cards, and the few that were available are now gone.

I'm now looking at sourcing a 6870 elsewhere and have come across this one: 1GB Sapphire HD6870

I don't know much about Sapphire, but from what I've read they seem reputable. I've also had a read around and it seems that i.Store has most customers going away happy. I'm annoyed that I'll have to endure extra shipping costs though.

Just looking for peoples opinions now. How does the Sapphire card stack up against the GTX 560s?
Edited by Scott1710 - 4/18/12 at 9:41pm
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/543?vs=540

They trade blows, get what performs better for the games you play.
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Wow, thankyou. That is not only a usefull answer, but a link to a great website! Thanks very much.
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However, a 560ti would be significantly better.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=540

And a GTX 480 for around the same price or less would offer even better performance...
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However, a 560ti would be significantly better.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=540
And a GTX 480 for around the same price or less would offer even better performance...

Well sure, but my budget doesn't stretch that for unfortunately.
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Well sure, but my budget doesn't stretch that for unfortunately.

Ah well never mind then. thumb.gif
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The best I think I can afford is the Gigabyte GTX 560 Super Overclock edition, which runs at 900MHz. If I'm not mistaken, that would be pretty close to the Ti cards anyway, no?
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Gigabyte GTX 560 1GB Super Overclocked +1 wink.gif
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Originally Posted by srafig4 View Post

Gigabyte GTX 560 1GB Super Overclocked +1 wink.gif

Thanks for that confirmation, however another card has just been thrown into the mix. AuraNova is selling their EVGA GTX 560 Ti 1GB FPB, and with the current AUD-USD exchange rate, I can pick that up cheaper than the Gigabyte. Now the FPB is only clocked to 850MHz, while the SOC sits at 900MHz, so now I have no idea what to do.
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Originally Posted by Scott1710 View Post

Thanks for that confirmation, however another card has just been thrown into the mix. AuraNova is selling their EVGA GTX 560 Ti 1GB FPB, and with the current AUD-USD exchange rate, I can pick that up cheaper than the Gigabyte. Now the FPB is only clocked to 850MHz, while the SOC sits at 900MHz, so now I have no idea what to do.

The Ti will still perform significantly better than any regular 560, due to having a lot more CUDA cores and a higher effective memory clock. If you can get a Ti for cheaper that would definitely be the best way to go
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