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I know that the 570 will be the faster card, but this is a value comparison. I'm going to be running a single display at 1920x1080.

I'm looking at these two cards:
EVGA GTX 570 - $315 AR
Sapphire 6950 1GB - $222 AR

Is the ~$100 difference really worth it? I know that the GTX 570 can overclock to 580 levels of performance, but the stock 570 doesn't have a huge performance increase over the 6950 1GB at 1920x1080(GTX 570 vs 6950 1GB - Anandtech Bench). Having PhysX and being able to fold would be cool, but are either of those major features?

I see a few benefits from the 570: (supposedly) better drivers, more overclockability, much more aesthetically pleasing design, and CUDA/PhysX.

The 6950 1GB is much cheaper, nearly as fast as the stock 570, and will be cheaper to put into Crossfire.

Does anyone have any input that they could offer? I'm kind of torn.
    
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Having physx and being able to fold are 2 very big features too some people and it warrants the extra cost.Right now the 6950 is very competitively priced that is for sure.
More than likely you will get the performance you're looking for out of the 6950,so the question is are the extra features worth the cost?The 570 has also gotten a bad rap for having weak overclocking ability.The 480 should be considered at this price also.
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I checked out the GTX 480, but it seems like the 570 trades blows with it in performance and destroys it in terms of power consumption and heat output.

I've seen a bunch of people on here say that the 570 can be overclocked to 580 levels fairly easily. Is this actually true, or are people having a rough time overclocking 570s? Your post gives me the vibe that these things don't overclock well.
    
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Keep your eye on newegg for open box deals on the 570 - I picked one up for $190. Made this decision quite a bit easier for me!
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no. not worth the $100 extra. Even with only 1GB onboard, that 6950 should be able to play on 1080p single monitor without any performance lost compared to the 2gb version.
    
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6950 2GB is hard to ignore as well. you can unlock the shaders to make it a full 6970. these amd cards are great value
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I checked out the GTX 480, but it seems like the 570 trades blows with it in performance and destroys it in terms of power consumption and heat output.

I've seen a bunch of people on here say that the 570 can be overclocked to 580 levels fairly easily. Is this actually true, or are people having a rough time overclocking 570s? Your post gives me the vibe that these things don't overclock well.
570's overclock well BUT they burn out because of again sub-par vrm's like on the gtx 590's.
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6950 2GB is hard to ignore as well. you can unlock the shaders to make it a full 6970. these amd cards are great value
They're all sold out or way overpriced. At nearly $300, the reference 6950 2GB just isn't very cost-efficient when you can get a reference 6970 for $20 more. If I were shopping for this card a month ago, you would be right.

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570's overclock well BUT they burn out because of again sub-par vrm's like on the gtx 590's.
Is there any easy way to stop that from occuring? Could I just avoid running Furmark?
    
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They're all sold out or way overpriced. At nearly $300, the reference 6950 2GB just isn't very cost-efficient when you can get a reference 6970 for $20 more. If I were shopping for this card a month ago, you would be right.
wow that pricing is pretty messed up . where are you buying btw? here in Manila I can buy a 6950 2GB pre-unlocked and already stress tested
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wow that pricing is pretty messed up . where are you buying btw? here in Manila I can buy a 6950 2GB pre-unlocked and already stress tested
Good ol' US of A.
    
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