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saved a lot of money on the rest of my build, so decided to spoil myself with a better gpu (instead of my planned 6850).
I have to choose between EVGA GTX 570 and XFX 6950 in the next 24 hours tops and order. I've read and reread every review/thread I could get my hands on, and I still can't decide. I know all the specs & performance differences, the power/heat/noise and stuff, i just can't make up my goddamn mind!!

both cards offer lifetime warranties, both are awesome for 1920x1080 maxed, and both are quiet/cool. both will last me a long-long time. they both tick all the boxes.

right now, the only differences that will help me decide (as far as i can tell) are -

a. 2gb vs. 1.28gb. will the added ram of the 6950 mean that in the future i won't get as bottlenecked as i will with the 570? i know the 570 performs better (and will continue to), but i'm thinking maybe the 2gb factor means that over time the 6950 might close the gap (not completely, but still). remember, i'm in it for the long haul (using 8800 up till now).

b. price-wise, 570 is 50$ more, and i'm wondering if the higher price would actually translate to longer usability for my uses (again, not gonna go beyond 1920x1080, and intend to max all settings for as long as i can..).

c. my old card is a 8800, so i'm contemplating using it for physx, and i know it's much much easier with nvidia cards (if i'm not mistaken there's a workaround for ati cards but it's not recommended). should this be a factor? from what i see it doesn't see a lot of use, so far only game i played that uses it is arkham asylum. also, i'm planning to use my current build as an HTPC, so if i use the 8800 for physx, i'll have to use my old 7900 for the HTPC. u think it can handle 1080p?

i know i can get great deals on 6870/470/480 etc., but i don't want to get older tech (or xfire a 6850), and 6970 isn't worth it over the 570, so please don't suggest other cards, i just want your opinions on these 2 specific cards.

thx guys, and happy holidays
post #2 of 51
570
Hehe xD
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post #3 of 51
570

And It's 1.25gb, not 1.28 Base 2.
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post #4 of 51
570 easy choice.
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+1 570 way better and more solid
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post #6 of 51
GTX 570 in a heartbeat. I'm normally an ATi guy (never owned an Nvidia card), but I have gotta admit the green team is really on their game this time around, while 69xx cards are frankly pretty disappointing IMO.
post #7 of 51
570 is clearly better except under specific circumstances. One of which is my circumstance where I will be using more than 2 monitors.
post #8 of 51
570 is my vote
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post #9 of 51
well im an amd/ati fanboy myself and i would choose the 6950 BUT the 570 IS a better card and you should get that but if your looking at budget then the 6950 is a very good option plus you have morphalogical anti-aliasing with amd. but i think you should get a 570
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post #10 of 51
if it were a 6970 then going for either would be a decent choice, but seeing as the 6950 doesn't even out perform the 5870 all that much it has to be the 570, really good card with impressive benchmarks.
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