GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6950 vs 560 Ti among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

5.3

Overall Score

Winner
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 

GPUBoss recommends the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950  based on its benchmarks.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 6950

Reasons to consider the
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

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Better 3DMark06 score 19,760 vs 16,518 Around 20% better 3DMark06 score
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,200 MHz vs 4,200 MHz Around 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 166.4 GB/s vs 134.4 GB/s Around 25% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,478 GFLOPS vs 1,459.2 GFLOPS Around 70% better floating-point performance
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 20,890 vs 17,648 Around 20% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Significantly more shading units 1,408 vs 384 1024 more shading units
Higher pixel rate 28.16 GPixel/s vs 15.2 GPixel/s More than 85% higher pixel rate
Slightly higher texture rate 77.44 GTexel/s vs 60.8 GTexel/s More than 25% higher texture rate
More texture mapping units 88 vs 64 24 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,300 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 25% higher memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Reasons to consider the
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Slightly higher clock speed 950 MHz vs 880 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 52.5 vs 30 75% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Better T-Rex score 2.77 frames/s vs 1.66 frames/s More than 65% better T-Rex score
Lower TDP 170W vs 200W 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6950 vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6950
251.55 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
64.31 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6950
17.01 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
31.94 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 3

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Comments

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The HD6950 is available for 50-100$ on ebay and sites alike, which considering it has twice the VRAM of the 560Ti makes it a no-brainer for me which card 'wins' here. The VRAM issue is big, because both games like Space Engineers and GTA V use at very least 1.3GB VRAM when you dial the settings all the way down, so the 560Ti will never be able to give a smooth experience there, as it has to swap textures back to main RAM, which will make it bottleneck entirely on your RAM's bandwidth and latency (which is a lot higher than the high speed on-PCB VRAM).
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