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So basically it sounds like even if AMD isn't as bright on the tessellation side of things it won't be a factor, at least not anytime soon. To OP, if you feel comfortable spending a bit more for the 6950 and don't mind a little more noise/heat, go for it. The extra Vram alone will ensure the difference shows up down the line.
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So basically it sounds like even if AMD isn't as bright on the tessellation side of things it won't be a factor, at least not anytime soon. To OP, if you feel comfortable spending a bit more for the 6950 and don't mind a little more noise/heat, go for it. The extra Vram alone will ensure the difference shows up down the line.
If noise is a issue he can always grab a aftermarket cooler which allows for more ocing anyways.
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post #23 of 42
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So basically it sounds like even if AMD isn't as bright on the tessellation side of things it won't be a factor, at least not anytime soon....
oh don't say that...

yes if you change your GPU every year or 18 months it's likely that there won't be too many instances of huge tessellation factors that cripple AMD cards but as a gamer I want the games to become as advanced as possible. I would be really disappointed if we only see tessellation factors as low as 16 over the course of the next few years if DX11 supports up to a factor of 64. That would be a real shame.
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post #24 of 42
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6950 is a better card...buy a reference 6950 and unlock it to 6970 for GTX 570 performance...
A 560 at 1GHz core also reaches 570-level performance.

These cards are a lot closer than people seem to think. 6950 is a bit faster overall, but 560 does beat it in some titles, even @ stock:

http://www.hwcompare.com/8888/geforc...n-hd-6950-2gb/

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330?vs=293
post #25 of 42
@juano While I agree I doubt we'll see as much improvement as either of us wants judging by the last few years, but you never know I guess.
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If noise is a issue he can always grab a aftermarket cooler which allows for more ocing anyways.
That's true and I personally think that a 6900 with a silent cooler like the AXP is a very good option (it was in the running for my next GPU until I decided on this 570). But that does stretch the price difference between the two cards from being minor to being a bigger issue. the price difference between a 560 with an adequate temp wise and quiet cooler, and a 6950 with an adequate cooler that isn't quiet is ~$20. But the price difference between a 560 with an adequate temp wise and quiet cooler, and a 6950 with a aftermarket cooler that is more like $60-$70.
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/293?vs=330

Roll the dice, really depends on what games and Res you play in
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@juano While I agree I doubt we'll see as much improvement as either of us wants judging by the last few years, but you never know I guess.
I'm glad you were able to see what I was saying without it sounding like I was being a fanboy or bashing AMD, but it really would be a shame if we don't see games that take advantage of the full range of tessellation.

There was a guy on the AnandTechForums that was a real guru on tessellation that made a lot of really interesting and informative posts on the subject right around the time of when the 6900 was being announced and then eventually launched, and he really made me see the light of how awesome tessellation can be when used to it's full potential. I don't remember his name and I don't have an account over there or else I would just search for tessellation and he would probably pop right up. Some might say i'm an Nvidia fan (I don't think I am but whatever) but I'll tell you that I am definitely a tessellation fan, and right now that kinda makes AMD disappointing in that regard.

But then again I am also a big VRAM fan so it kinda all evens out. Especially in the case of what will probably be my most played game this year, Skyrim which won't have huge DX11 support but can always make use of VRAM.
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post #29 of 42
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But then again I am also a big VRAM fan so it kinda ll evens out. Especially in the case of what will probably be my most played game this year, Skyrim which won't have huge DX11 support but can always make use of VRAM.
at least you hope...
    
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Bethesda have said somewhere that they are using the same modding system that everybody has grown accustomed to with oblivion so that the mod creators can jump right into Skyrim, so all the VRAM you have you can put to good use in that game.
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