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Sorry for all these questions but need to know where to spend my money? Was going to buy 570/6970 until the whole 6950 thing started.

Would it be a waste of money to buy a 6970 when i could buy a 6950 and unlock it?

Would an unlocked 6950 perform EXACTLY as a 6970 or would there still be some benfits with buying the higher model? Would an unlocked 6950 trade blows with a 570 just as the 6970 does for example?

Also, do ATI cards perform better on AMD machines, and are there any aftermarket coolers for the 6950?
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IMO, yes they unlock, but me personally have always gone with what I wanted. If I had the money, which I did, I went for the GTX 285 FTW card. Even though people told me you can overclock it to those specks. Well hopefully, I wanted the for sure thing. That is just me.
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Im sure waterblocks will be on the way for 69xx cards but, i'm guessing you are asking about air based aftermarket coolers right?
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Also, do ATI cards perform better on AMD machines, and are there any aftermarket coolers for the 6950?
There is no problem with nVidia cards on AMD boards. That being said, you are going to have a lot of trouble finding a good(if at all existent) SLI board for your AMD socket processor.
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Im sure waterblocks will be on the way for 69xx cards but, i'm guessing you are asking about air based aftermarket coolers right?
Yes, air cooled. Something like the VF3000 series perhaps.
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An unlocked 6950 will not be able to overclock much more while the 6970 has much more potential there. I mean people still can overclock a 6850 to a 6870, but people who have 6870 can overclock it even more, and AMD obviously considered that before they released the card and determined their price.

Having said that, the GTX 570 is definitely the best choice available since it is equal to 6970, but with more features, and has a good overclocking ability... while a 6950 unclocked to a 6970 would be $50 dollar cheaper, but it will also perform worse. The 6970 is way overpriced... and I would have hoped AMD could have reduced its price... but they haven't yet.
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