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I LOVE my 460.
Its a little monster.

However, Im looking at upgrading to Bulldozer or Sandybridge in the coming months and my little 460 wont be able to keep up.

Im trying to decide between a Twin Frozr II GTX 570 and a Twin Frozr II 6950.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-564-_-Product
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Im aware of all the major reasons to choose one or the other, I just cant decide.
Help?
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I would go with the GTX 570. While I do love AMD, if you plan on adding another card in the future the AMD cross fire drivers are rather lack luster and have seen quite a few issues.
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I would go with the GTX 570. While I do love AMD, if you plan on adding another card in the future the AMD cross fire drivers are rather lack luster and have seen quite a few issues.
Can't agree, have both my cards unlocked, overclocked and they haven't had any issues even at 5760 x 1200. 6xxx seems great for xfire coming from 2x 5850.
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IDK, Ive always had good luck with AMD/ATI Drivers and the Catalyst 11 Drivers seem to be VERY good at Crossfire.
The same goes for Nvidia.

Im just not sure which way to go.
I pretty much consider both to be about the same in terms of performance.
Im just looking for some good reasons to go with either one.
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I don't mean to say anything in a rude way but guys don't worry so much about the software. Remember its software. They'll release a new version anytime again. I understand it takes time but if your card is powerful enough to play the games you like then be satisfied and new version makes 5-10 fps increase. Its either you go 6870/6950 crossfire and you can unlock the 6950's to a 6970 the best pick will be the Twin Frozr. You can overclock with ease because of its cooling performance. One more thing I always tell people. If you go with AMD cards no matter low or high end they still consume way less electricity therefore at the end of the month you will end up paying a little less and save more for future upgrades. I like both brands just on the side which is best for money.
Edited by armen16 - 2/24/11 at 10:36am
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GTX 570's are about 5% faster than an AMD 6970 in some benchmarks and 3DMark 11 Direct X11 8% behind. Raw power the GTX 570 is faster and runs two monitors than the AMD 6950.

AMD 6950's more power efficient. Not that behind GTX 570's raw power in my opinion, can run three monitors, and does a better job at decoding more types of video formats at a hardware level than GTX 570 can that requires third party software. You can also unlock the 2GB reference versions with bios flash to 6970 but I'm not sure about the non-reference MSI Twin Frozr II's. Maybe someone else can chime in and answer that.

So both have advantage and disadvantage. Both are great cards in their own way. Guess it boils down to what better benefits are going to be for you specifically. However in my opinion with your 500 watt psu I think your best off with the AMD 6950 for less power consumption.

If you flash bios the AMD 6950 I think you'll still be ok with your 500 watt PSU but maybe someone else can chime in if that might be too much. I'm sure however if you don't flash it you can still overclock it nicely for 15-20% gains and be A-OK.

That's my two cents and based solely on opinion where others may vary. LOL.
     
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Go for SLI. Your board should support it. Best option to be honest.
     
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Go for SLI. Your board should support it. Best option to be honest.
I agree with this. 2x GTX460s will perform equal to or better than either the GTX 570 or 6850/unlocked 6870. Although the only problem I see is if your PSU can handle the two cards, but you can use the money saved from buying that second 460 ($120-$150) and buying an Antec/Corsair 650w-750w($80-$110) PSU.
    
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I agree with this. 2x GTX460s will perform equal to or better than either the GTX 570 or 6850/unlocked 6870. Although the only problem I see is if your PSU can handle the two cards, but you can use the money saved from buying that second 460 ($120-$150) and buying an Antec/Corsair 650w-750w($80-$110) PSU.
My 500 Watt is a high quality PSU, but its not able to support SLI 460s. Right now I sit at about 410Watts under load. I would need at least a good 620 Watt for SLI.
I would like to have a really powerful Single card mainly because I don't like relying on SLI or Crossfire due to the issues ive had with both in the past.
Ive been considering SLI460s for a while, but I would much rather have a very powerful single card that I can SLI/CFX Later.
Not to mThe more complex my computer gets the more that can go wrong. And Crossfire/SLI adds more complexity than I really want. And the fact that my motherboard barley supports SLI/Crossfire as it is. Ill have less than half a centimeter between cards. And ill need to SLI Hack which im not willing to do.

Im probably going to go with the 6950 so I can keep my current PSU.
Ill buy a new one if I go Crossfire later.
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i've heard ppl saying that the msi 6950's do not unlock anymore (amd's new rev) ... so you might wanna check another brand if you go that route ...
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