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I am looking to upgrade my GPU and can't decide whether to get this GTX 560 Ti or this HD 6950.

Both cards are $249. Which one would be better in terms of FPS in GPU-intensive games and also overclocking headroom? I don't know much about the Radeon HD cards as I have always been an NVIDIA guy, but I am open to either brand.

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I do know the 6950 1GB will not unlock shaders...but when oced to 6970 clocks...it is not far off...

Also heard the 560ti cards OC pretty well...to 570+ level...

I heard through the grapevine that 560ti's dont scale so well while the 6000 series have excellent scaling...

All depends on what you current or future plans are...

If you plan on tri monitor gaming...eyefinity can do it on one card...though would recommend a 2gb for that...
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The 6950 1gb cards have great value when up against the 560, they are meant to compete with each other. Either way you should be happy, so I would just go with whichever you prefer.

The 6xxx series cards scale very well in crossfire though, even better than 5xx series sli, so if you plan on going crossfire in the future, go with the 6950.
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Im guiet interested in the outcome of thisthread as im in the same boat as you.
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post #5 of 22
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I plan on sticking to a single card setup. I should have stated that in my first post.
As of now, I am leaning towards the HD 6950 just because I have never tried out an ATI/AMD card before.
    
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The 6950 is faster than the GTX560 Ti
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Which one would be better for folding?
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post #8 of 22
HD6950 1GB is slightly faster but also consumes more power.
Both overclock well. After oc'ed, both perform basically the same.
Besides (same) price and (same) performance, you have to do use side features to distinguish them:-
- GTX560 has Physx support while HD6950 1GB has not (but you can use your current GTX450 to do it via hacking)
- your mobo supports Crossfire natively and so you can add a 2nd HD6950 later. This better upgrade path might tip the scale (for me, at least).

guru3d's review of GTX560 vs HD6950 1GB:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon...0-ti-review/18
post #9 of 22
Best thing to do is find some benchmarks and compare the two

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330?vs=331

Both cards trade blows quite often, but in some cases the 6950 comes out on top...The gtx 560ti has cuda, physx, and 3d vision..and whether your going to use them or not plays an important role...if they are useless then best bet is the 6950...

The 6*** series does have excellent scaling once crossfired, but the gtx 560 isn't bad either... for me though, 3d vision and the rest of the features that nvdia offers are too good to pass up.
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post #10 of 22
Spend $30 more and get a 2gb 6950. Why cheap out on yourself? its only $30 more. You can already spend 250, I think you can afford a little more. the 6950 2gb destroy the 560Ti, not only from the VRAM and AA application, but its just a more well rounded gpu. Do yourself a favor and purchase the 6950 2gb.
     
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