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One review site's results do not constitute the absolute performance of one setup over another. In real world performance, I've seen benchmarks where two 580's handily defeated two 6970's. Depends a lot on the game and the resolution tested. Also, you're completely forgetting that two GTX 570's can OC to GTX 580 levels no different than two 6950's can unlock to 6970 performance. And two GTX 570's run you ~$700. Just my 2 cents--it's not quite as simple as you make it sound is all.
Certain people always pay a premium for the "fastest" chips, cards, ram, etc. My two 5850's OC to 1000+ core and are rock solid stable. The 580's can OC even better than the 570's.

I for one agree with you that the 570 is a great card for the money, but so is the 6950. Two 6950's will run you $600 and two 6970's will run you $750. Personally for the difference between the 570 and the 6970, I would go with the 6970.

However, if I was guaranteed to get 6950's that could unlock and were rock solid stable I would easily pick them up. The only problem would be OC'ing them I think since they only have two 6-pins.
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Theres already users in the news thread that reported some cards are not rendering properly so YMMV.
 
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yes and no, from what I have read so far. The thing that concerns me is the power draw. There is a reason the 6970 has a 6+8 pin.
Curious about this myself. What do those 2 pins actually do? If you force-feed the card enough voltage, does it really matter whether that's being delivered through 6 pins or 8?
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Those are nice cards, I wish I they could do 3D
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The 2 extra pins are grounds.
 
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Those are nice cards, I wish I they could do 3D
The 6950 and 6970 are capable of 3D just like NVIDIA's 3D Vision
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...pid=1021&lid=1
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Theres already users in the news thread that reported some cards are not rendering properly so YMMV.
People who have responded to the techreport article have reported success. It appears that the Asus 6950 is a bit trickier to unlock since the rom is write protected, but it still can be done. How long this will last I don't know. Could be just the initial 6950 batch will be good, and the next future batches won't be able to unlock? If that's the case might be best to get one now.
    
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um this is coming from the OP who has a 32" Dynex

http://www.techdealdigger.com/pr/che...-tv-deals/2561

so if you do get crossfire or duel 580's...my magic 8 ball predicts your next thread to be...is my C2D bottle necking my xxx cards in CFX or SLi?
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2 6950 for $590? I dont care how good a GTX 580 in SLI is. It costs almost twice as much!
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um this is coming from the OP who has a 32" Dynex

http://www.techdealdigger.com/pr/che...-tv-deals/2561

so if you do get crossfire or duel 580's...my magic 8 ball predicts your next thread to be...is my C2D bottle necking my xxx cards in CFX or SLi?
Ummm...I bought a i7 950, ddr3 ram, and an x58 mobo recently...

I'm still deciding on which monitor to upgrade to, seeing that I am going to go 6950CF.

And this info is really coming from techpowerup, and various credible forums, and tech review sites. I'm just pointing out how two 6950s unlocked to 6970s crush a GTX580 sli set up in various benchmarks for about $480 USD less. That's all.
    
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