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I can get either one of these cards for cheap from a friend, just wanted to know which one was better.. I've been reading mixed reviews, some say the 480 dominates, whilst others say the 6950 is faster. So I thought its best to post here so all the 480/6950 users can give me there honest opinions smile.gif
thanks for any help biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 29
I think @ 1080p res or less, the GTX480 will be faster by a bit imo. At higher res, the 6950 would be close or faster. However the GTX480 runs hot, loud and use more power than the 6950. I'd go with the 6950 and try to get the reference card so u could unlock to a 6970, then OC it and it will surpass the GTX480.
Edited by Ocnewb - 4/1/11 at 7:39am
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post #3 of 29
For a HD6950 vs GTX 480 comparison CLICK HERE..

A GTX480 is a bit faster card..

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as a fermi owner i must say go with the 6950 lol. its way better on power and there is no way it could ever be as loud and now that you can fold on the ati cards there is no reason to use that excuse either (why i went nvidia frown.gif )
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Tempted to say get the GTX480 and oc it....but maybe you should get the 6950 and hope to be able to unlock,2GB of vram...yum.
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post #6 of 29
GTX480 is marginally faster than the 6950, if the 6950 has 2GB vram then it'll pull away at higher resolutions, also there's a possibility of turning that 6950 into a 6970.
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post #7 of 29
I own a 480 EVGA superclocked. It's hot and loud. but awesome none the less...I'll recommand the 480 cause i've never used a 6950, but i'm sure you can't go wrong with either of them.
    
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post #8 of 29
At high resolutions, the 480's 1.5GB of Vram offers a substantial increase in performance. The example that I can give you is comparing the 570 to the 480. I have used both in SLI and can tell you, from my experiences, that the 480's slaughter the 570's at resolutions above 1920x1080. This is because of the extra Vram that the 480's bring to the equation. I was noticing decreases of 30-40% when I changed to the 570's. Now, you have to remember, that I play at 5760x1200, but the same argument should hold true.

Also, call me an nVidia fan boy (I've used he 5870's and 5970's in tri/quadfire before), but the AMD drivers are garbage compared to what nVidia offers. I feel like every time AMD updates its drivers they take a step backwards, fixing one thing, but, breaking 2 others.
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As you see by my sig rig I SLi'd 2 480's. I can't say enough about how beastly these cards are... yeah they are a little loud under heavy load and yeah they might suck more power than ATi's GPU's, but I usually game at either 1680x1050 or 1080p and I can max everything out with outstanding FPS in any game I have tried. I can't speak for the 6950, but I can vouch that the GTX480 will not disappoint.
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hmmm extra £25 for the 6950.. I think its the XFX 2gb one, is that unlockable?
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