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I have around $300 I can spend on a GPU, give or take $50. I was almost certain that I was going to buy a 6970, but a lot of my friends have been telling me to consider the 560 Ti or the 570 instead because they are better for video editing and they run very cool, and great for overclocking in general.

How do the GTX 570 and GTX 560 Ti compare to the Radeon HD 6950 (which can be flashed to a 6970)?
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570 is really the only one that competes with the 6950/70 - they usually trade blows back and forth, both are excellent cards and will get much better gaming performance than the 5770 that you currently have.
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I wouldn't advice a 570, they blow up way too easily under OC especially when compared with the 580 (which has more VRM for added protection) and to the 560 ti (which has a great overclocking potential); if you can't afford a 580, go for the 560 ti.
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I wouldn't advice a 570, they blow up way too easily under OC especially when compared with the 580 (which has more VRM for added protection) and to the 560 ti (which has a great overclocking potential); if you can't afford a 580, go for the 560 ti.
If you are going to OC, get the MSI power version, The asus DCII or the Gainward Phantom.
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I was using a 5870 for a little over a year and I'm glad to be back with Nvidia. If you're going to get a 570 get one that isn't reference design as Citra mentioned.
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The Asus DCII, MSI TFIII, or Gainward Phantom GTX 570s will all top a 6970 in general performance in addition to handedly winning the video editing performance. In SLI/CF, the 6970s might pull ahead however.
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Quote:
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The Asus DCII, MSI TFIII, or Gainward Phantom GTX 570s will all top a 6970 in general performance in addition to handedly winning the video editing performance. In SLI/CF, the 6970s might pull ahead however.
Ditto
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GEt a GTX480 .
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
570 is really the only one that competes with the 6950/70 - they usually trade blows back and forth, both are excellent cards and will get much better gaming performance than the 5770 that you currently have.
Say what ?

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...s-warhead.html

GTX 560 is pretty much on par with the HD6950.

Get a GTX 560 and OC it or get an HD6950 and unlock it. In both cases you should get similar performance.
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was thinking about switching to nvidia also, but would a 560ti be much of an upgrade over my 5770's in crossfire? was also wondering how you tell a reference card from a non-reference card....
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