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Windows 7: Which card is a better choice? GTX 560 Ti or Radeon HD 6870

24 Jan 2012   #1
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 
Which card is a better choice? GTX 560 Ti or Radeon HD 6870

I cannot decide which is a better choice the Nvidia or the ATI card. I know the prices are very similar, I have read the reviews and performance tests. It points slightly to Nvidia but I would like someone with experience with the GTX 560 Ti or Radeon HD 6870. (Or very similar cards.)

I cant choose between this ATI Radeon HD MSI AMD Radeon HD 6870 OC 1024MB GDDR5 | R6870-2PM2D1GD5/OC

and this Nvidia Novatech GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 | NOV-560

I have used both Nvidia and ATI in the past and not fussed about the brand, it is more to do with crashes and experiences.

Thanks for any help.


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24 Jan 2012   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

The GTX 560Ti is slightly better performance-wise. Take a look at the below benchmarking site and try to base your purchase on the results you see there. The GTX 560Ti comes in at rank #9 while the Radeon HD 6870 is at #13.
PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmarks - High End Video Cards

You should also read the following thread. It has some useful tips for people looking to upgrade their graphics card.
Planning to upgrade your Graphics Card? Read First...

Lastly, I wouldn't go with a Novatech card for two reasons. It's not as reputable a brand as ASUS, EVGA, MSI etc. Also, it only has a single fan. If you're willing to spare the £20, I would go for the ASUS GeForce GTX 560Ti DCII. The problem with this card however it is overly large and you will find it very difficult to SLI if you want to.

If you're willing to spend an extra £23 you can get a MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II/OC. This is an excellent card that is factory overclocked higher than both the Novatech and the ASUS card. It also has Twin Frozr II fans which provide great cooling.
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24 Jan 2012   #3
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
The GTX 560Ti is slightly better performance-wise. Take a look at the below benchmarking site and try to base your purchase on the results you see there. The GTX 560Ti comes in at rank #9 while the Radeon HD 6870 is at #13.
PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmarks - High End Video Cards

You should also read the following thread. It has some useful tips for people looking to upgrade their graphics card.
Planning to upgrade your Graphics Card? Read First...

Lastly, I wouldn't go with a Novatech card for two reasons. It's not as reputable a brand as ASUS, EVGA, MSI etc. Also, it only has a single fan. If you're willing to spare the £20, I would go for the ASUS GeForce GTX 560Ti DCII. The problem with this card however it is overly large and you will find it very difficult to SLI if you want to.

If you're willing to spend an extra £23 you can get a MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II/OC. This is an excellent card that is factory overclocked higher than both the Novatech and the ASUS card. It also has Twin Frozr II fans which provide great cooling.
I am not disagreeing with you am just on a budget. £150 is my limit right now. My current card is broken so I need a replacement.
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24 Jan 2012   #4
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

In that case, the Novatech GTX 560Ti should be fine. You should however look at some reviews before you decide to go with a Novatech card. Novatech is a relatively new company in the graphics industry so it's difficult to find much on their products.
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25 Jan 2012   #5
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

"I got a 6870 in the end due to much better value. I could afford the novatech edition but I would rather have a established brand. I got a Sapphire, there all very similar but this one seams to do the trick.

Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 | 11179-09-20G"

that order failed.

I managed to grab some extra cash and got a Nvidia Geforce

I hope this doesn't back fire on me.
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25 Jan 2012   #6
champ2010

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Go with GTX 560 which is comparable to HD 6870

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-nVIDIA-...7516618&sr=1-2
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25 Jan 2012   #7
champ2010

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by champ2010 View Post
You also get a branded name like ASUS and is within budget.
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25 Jan 2012   #8
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by champ2010 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by champ2010 View Post
You also get a branded name like ASUS and is within budget.
It is the GTX 560 ti that is similar to the 6870 the 560 standard is slower than the 6870.

For the record the GTX 560 ti is slightly faster than the 6870
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25 Jan 2012   #9
champ2010

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote:
It is the GTX 560 ti that is similar to the 6870 the 560 standard is slower than the 6870.

For the record the GTX 560 ti is slightly faster than the 6870
Acc. to the link which I saw the GTX 560 and HD 6870 have same bench marking results. I may be wrong but I used the this as a source.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmarks - High End Video Cards
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25 Jan 2012   #10
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

the 6870 its cheaper and out performs the 560 in a couple only the ti version is a little better but cost alot more and the 6870 is around $ 175 and the ti is $230 in usd.They bench almost the same though so go for the 6870
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