The OP's monitor is: Dell 19" 1440X900
So, those 1600p smallish gains are irrelevant.
Anandtech is the only review site that has stats favoring the 6970 like that, so obviously, AMD guys are going only based on that site.
You should look at ALL reviews and base your decision on the bigger picture, plus, look at what real world users are benchmarking:
Too bad more AMD guys aren't posting their benchmarks, only 1 has stepped up with Dual 6950's.
F1 seems to slightly favor AMD, let's look at Dirt 2:
Stalker, a mere 3 FPS faster
on a different site:
Thank you for proving my point though, when the 6970 edges out the 570 it's only @ 1600p, and it's not on every game, and the difference is minimal.
Unlike when the 570 most often beats the 6970 on MANY more resolutions ( 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 ) which are more mainstream for people spending $300-$400 on a GPU.
Besides, the 6970 doesn't beat the 570 in every game EVEN @ 1600p, and the 6970 has almost twice as much memory, we'll use Anandtech to examine this further.
This is 5 out of the 10 games reviewed, and in the others it is VERY close, so this pretty much shatters the myth that the 6970 is the only way to go for 1600p.
2 of the remaining 5 are SO CLOSE that's it's hardly a win for the 6970 these are pretty much a tie.
0.2 FPS faster
2.5 FPS faster
And, the all important compute performance, anyone who does Photoshop work, video editing or F@H greatly benefits from CUDA, something AMD is far behind at.
After examining this further, the 570 definitely has the edge over the 6970 @ EVERY resolution, considering that the 570 can easily be overclocked to 580 stock performance, and at that point, it's no longer a competition, just look at the benchmarks for the 580.
The 570 bested the 6970 @ 1600p in 5 out of 10 games, tied 2, and slightly lost the other 3.
Besides, what puts the 570 over the top is...
People are easily reaching 900 MHZ+, and you only need 880MHZ to reach 580 stock performance.
As for the 6970 we'll see how much OC headroom it has left, and it remains to be seen whether overclocking a 6970 can reach 580 stock performance, just like the 570 can.Edited by 2010rig - 12/18/10 at 4:30pm