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So ive been thinking about getting a gtx 560 for a while. But im not sure if i should. I have a 5850 right now and its a bit under the 560. Ive tried overclocking it, just in the catalyst itself. cant really go that high through that with out crashing in Bad company 2. Now other than gaming, I am also using 3d programs. Maya, 3dsmax, photoshop, unity and some others. Ive heard that nvidia is better at the graphics stuff than ati, because of cuda, unless im mistaken.
Now im just wondering if going from 5850 to 560 is worth it. Gaming wise the 5850 is still pretty good for me. But ive been using the 3d programs much more lately. Also I guess im one of the unlucky ones to experience the bad amd drivers. They crash a lot when using unity, and sometimes when using 3dsmax.
Im looking at the 560 for a few reason. CUDA, which is suppose to be good for the 3d programs, and a card under 300 bucks. I was considering the 570, but $350 plux tax isnt that appealing.
Also, are there any benchmarks for graphics cards related to using maya, 3dsmax, photoshop and such?
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So ive been thinking about getting a gtx 560 for a while. But im not sure if i should. I have a 5850 right now and its a bit under the 560. Ive tried overclocking it, just in the catalyst itself. cant really go that high through that with out crashing in Bad company 2. Now other than gaming, I am also using 3d programs. Maya, 3dsmax, photoshop, unity and some others. Ive heard that nvidia is better at the graphics stuff than ati, because of cuda, unless im mistaken.
Now im just wondering if going from 5850 to 560 is worth it. Gaming wise the 5850 is still pretty good for me. But ive been using the 3d programs much more lately. Also I guess im one of the unlucky ones to experience the bad amd drivers. They crash a lot when using unity, and sometimes when using 3dsmax.
Im looking at the 560 for a few reason. CUDA, which is suppose to be good for the 3d programs, and a card under 300 bucks. I was considering the 570, but $350 plux tax isnt that appealing.
Also, are there any benchmarks for graphics cards related to using maya, 3dsmax, photoshop and such?
As you said, nVidia has cuda. If I remember correctly, photoshop can take advantage of cuda. The 560 is also a pretty good overclocker, some models can hit 1Ghz on the core.
    
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what about maya and 3dsmax? do those also utilize CUDA? and if so, is it a lot better than using the 5850?
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anyone have any input?
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3DS Max and Maya have plugins to utilize Cuda
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I vouch for the 560 Ti, mines an amazing overclocker 970/1940/2200 1035 mV. I downgraded from SLi 470's. Haven't looked back since, I'm waiting on my 2nd 560.
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The GTX 560ti or the GTX 570 are great cards, nice over clocking. The GTX 570 is about 15% less performance of a GTX 580 at only 70% of the price so it's a great deal as well. You just pay a premium for the GTX 580 to have the best single gpu card on the market.

It just depends on what you want to spend on your card. Two GTX 560's really do an awesome job if your ever thinking of gong SLI down the road at a very reasonable price. Post back and let us know which you decided. Happy gaming!
     
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I got the 560. price was more in my range. So far im liking it a lot. Anyone know where I can get these plug-ins for maya and 3dsmax for CUDA. I may actually get another ans SLI in the future, would be the first time i use dual gpu's. Gaming seems a bit better too over the 5850.
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I'm pretty sure Premier is the only app in CS5 that uses cuda, the rest use OpenGL
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gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC is good for it.
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