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I wasn't sure whether to put this in graphics cards or CPUs.

I am contemplating replacing my 460 with a 560 (or possibly a 6950 2GB, opinions?). However, I don't know if my CPU will bottleneck me if I do so. It's an i3 540 OC'd to 4.0GHz.

For reference, I play at 1920x1080. I'm working my way through Dead Space 2 right now, and Dragon Age 2 on Tuesday, along with whatever other blockbusters are due out this year.

So, what do you think? Will a 560's/6950's potential be wasted with my budget processor?
post #2 of 26
In short, no.
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post #3 of 26
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I see. Any opinion on 560 vs 6950 2GB, which I'd flash to a 6970? They're relatively close in price, $230/$260 after rebates. So basically, would I see a performance difference worth the $30?

Edit: Another option would be CF 5830's for a similar price. My board isn't SLI capable unfortunately.
Edited by Terracotta - 3/4/11 at 12:51pm
post #4 of 26
At that clock speed you are doing ok, it won't hold you back, but you may falter with games that are CPU dependent and optimized for more than 4 threads.

Think about the list price with those 2 cards. The 6950 lists for 100 dollars more than the 560 of course it is going to be better. If you can get it for the same price go for it. Flashing it to a 6970 is even better.
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post #5 of 26
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All right. One final question: Will an OCZ 600w suffice for a 6950 unlocked to a 6970? I wager it cuts it pretty close. If that's true, I may opt for a 560 just to be safe.
post #6 of 26
yes, it should be more then enough.
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post #7 of 26
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Many thanks guys. Grabbed a Sapphire 6950 2GB for $260AR, it'll be here tomorrow.
post #8 of 26
Aww you should've grab another 460 and sli it... it'll outperform the 6950 and 560 plus you'll save like $150
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post #9 of 26
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Unfortunately my board isn't SLI compatible. If it were I'd have gotten a second 460 months ago.
post #10 of 26
Is it crossfire compatible? because you can use a sli hack driver and it'll work the same way.
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