Originally Posted by dont-have-a-cow
Hey guys so which of these cards would you recommend?
Direct CU II 6970 2GB - $590NZ
Direct CU II 580 1.25GB - $790NZ
I'll be playing games like BF3 and MW3 and want this rig to last as long as possible along with a 2500k. I won't be going SLI/Crossfire.
Is the extra $200 worth it for the performance? Or no?
They are both really good cards. Certain things to think about that might assist in your decision.
GTX 580 is going to get you better performance on the whole across many games.
As for BF3 depending on settings these stats sway back and forth between the two. Depends on settings your wanting to play, maxed or can settle with less eye candy.
As for MW3, no one knows yet how these cards will play out in benches between the 580 / 6970, any comments would be speculative at this point.
Pricing might sway you depending on your budget. Lowest priced cards around....
Sapphire AMD 6970
PNY GTX 580
$409.99. On avg up to about $100 more with other vendors.
Some food for thought looking down the road....
If your ever thinking 3D Vision gaming, watching 3D blu-ray movies on single 1920x1200 120Hz monitor, definitely go Nvidia. Best 3D Vision on a supported hardware level. Hands down Nvidia.
If your thinking three monitors on just one card then AMD 6970 2.0GB can run all three. Nvidia can only run two at a time. Hands down AMD.
If your thinking SLI on three monitors go with GTX 580 3GB. Here across three screens VRAM does come into play and the more VRAM the better. Hands down Nvidia.
If your only going to be playing on a single monitor and none of those other options will come into play down the road they are both really good cards to be had. You really can't make a bad decision. Both will get the job done rather nicely for you.
P.S. As for 6950 suggestions given, though there's nothing wrong with it; if you can afford the 6970 or 580 then I'd go for that. There's always the risk a 6950 doesn't unlock. Even if it does, the 6970 & 580 over clocks higher and out performs the unlocked/over clocked 6950. I'm going to assume you can afford 6970/580 option or you wouldn't have asked in your OP question.