The graphics card ranging between 200 and 250 euros, there are no shortage of choice, recommendations are Radeon HD 6950 and GeForce GTX 560 Ti. With the arrival of the overclocked versions of the GTX 560 and the 6950 version with only 1 GB, more competition is raging. There are plenty of choice between a GTX 560 Ti base, an overclocked GTX, Radeon HD 6950 2GB and a Radeon HD 6950 1GB. The mid-range graphics cards has greatly facilitated in recent months. After experiencing difficult times in 2010 with its Fermi was well caught by Nvidia GeForce 5xx out that although only the GeForce 4xx revised nevertheless finally live up to expectations. While consumption remains high but is now supported by cooling systems able to contain this high wattage dissipation supported. After a GeForce GTX 580 that crushes everything in its path and a GTX 570 with an excellent level of performance for a lower price, Nvidia felt pushed into the wings emerging from its archives Ti suffix for Titanium, which had more with the brand name for a GeForce 4200 GeForce Ti. Thus, the GTX 560 Ti came to hurt AMD in a very bearer of the card whose price ranges between 200 and 250 euros.
Because AMD's Radeon series 5000 was painful and somewhat confused. The Radeon 6850 and 6870 were surprised by a trade name which suggested higher performance than the 5800 but it was not the case. This role was dedicated to the Radeon 6950 and 6970 which certainly got a higher level than the 5800 but not dramatically. In addition, being equipped with 2 GB of memory, the sale price is impacted and yet few games that can take advantage of such a quantity of GDDR5. This has pushed AMD released a Radeon HD 6950 with a gigabyte of memory, the aim being to lower the price facing a fierce GeForce GTX 560 Ti ... At the exit of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, AMD had been able to provide a overclocked version of 6870. The Radeon HD 6950 with 1024 memory is indeed arrive until two days after the launch date of the card firm to the chameleon. Having since received a heavily overclocked GeForce Ti 560 from Zotac, we thought it would be interesting to contrast them to a duel. Between 6950 and 1GB Zotac GeForce GTX 560 AMP Edition Ti, what to choose? Response in our graphics test comparing 19 cards, all compatible with DirectX 11.
The card Radeon HD 6950 1GB we received is a reference model that AMD is in all respects identical to the version shipping 2 GB. They are also difficult to differentiate at first, and only a glance back the map reveals the absence of memory chips on this side of the PCB. Note that the Radeon 6950 on the cheap is not widespread yet, Sapphire is the only one to offer a commercially competitive price of 210 euros. The GeForce GTX 560 AMP Edition Ti Zotac for its part is very different from the reference GeForce. As is the case for the GTX 460, GTX 560 is the card that will undergo the greatest changes in terms of overclocking and cooling systems. The Zotac combines for its part with its two aspects of a share of frequencies up and secondly a specific sink. Side of the GPU, its frequency from 822 MHz for the standard model at 950 MHz, which is a nice 15% overclock. The memory of its side works at 1100 MHz to 1002 MHz against the reference map. Overclocking about 10% then, which is somewhat more modest. The 384 shader cores for their part, operate at a frequency of 1900 MHz 1644 MHz cons of origin for the GPU, there is also an increase of around 15%. The amount of memory remains unchanged with 1024 MB of GDDR5 via a 256-bit bus. The video outputs are also no surprises: two DVI ports and port-L mini HDMI.
The map is far from being discrete, resuming Zotac colors are black and tan orange. The cooling system consists of a radiator through which the heat pipes of a good size, all broken by a model of 92 mm. The whole is rather quiet in idle and somewhat audible support. It remains far nevertheless turbine ... For an overclocked model, it is very convenient.