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Hi all,

I'm trying to decide between the two cards in the title. I'm upgrading from an HD 4870. I had originally planned on picking up the 6970 but was advised in a different thread to look at the 570.

After reading nearly every review I could find on the web, it seems like both cards are extremely similar in terms of price and performance, with the 570 seeming to edge out the 6970 at lower resolutions (like the 1680x1050 I'm currently at) and with AA dialed up, while the 6970 seems to have better dual-card and higher resolution performance.

I can't find any info about comparing drivers or longevity though. Whichever card I get will end up in my next system that I build towards the end of 2011.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Right now, the titles I'm currently playing (for example) are Mass Effect 2, Hot Pursuit, and Civ 5.

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Gaming at 1680x1050 with either of these cards you're going to be rock solid FPS maxed out I'm pretty sure. Though I would say for the best price to performance get a 6950 and flash it to 6970, you'll basically be running a 6970 and paying a lot less.

edit: don't forget HD7xxx series is slated to launch this year, so if its for a build your not expecting to run until later on I would hold out.
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Trust me,
hd 6970 is better than gtx 570 is overall performence,
so get hd6970 from either sapphire/msi
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Originally Posted by Serious_Don;11987253 
Gaming at 1680x1050 with either of these cards you're going to be rock solid FPS maxed out I'm pretty sure. Though I would say for the best price to performance get a 6950 and flash it to 6970, you'll basically be running a 6970 and paying a lot less.

edit: don't forget HD7xxx series is slated to launch this year, so if its for a build your not expecting to run until later on I would hold out.

I agree, a 6950 is a lot less and will serve you better and handles 1080p easily. The 7000 cards coming out this year are the low end ones btw tongue.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Serious_Don;11987253 
Gaming at 1680x1050 with either of these cards you're going to be rock solid FPS maxed out I'm pretty sure. Though I would say for the best price to performance get a 6950 and flash it to 6970, you'll basically be running a 6970 and paying a lot less.

edit: don't forget HD7xxx series is slated to launch this year, so if its for a build your not expecting to run until later on I would hold out.

Yeah, and I think the highest I expect to go is only to 1080. But I don't really have the money for that and I like my Samsung monitor.

Honestly, even though this is overlock.net, I have confess I'm skittish about the 6950 to 6970 method. I don't really know why, though. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by mst3k;11987315 
Yeah, and I think the highest I expect to go is only to 1080. But I don't really have the money for that and I like my Samsung monitor.

Honestly, even though this is overlock.net, I have confess I'm skittish about the 6950 to 6970 method. I don't really know why, though. redface.gif

Well you are paying for a higher binned PCP and chip when you get a 6970, personally I would go with the GTX570. Its 10 or 20$ cheaper and seams to outperform the 6970.
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Trust me,
hd 6970 is better than gtx 570 is overall performence,
so get hd6970 from either sapphire/msi

This post made me laugh.

No. It isn't better in overall performance.
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I'm having the same dilemma. Think i'll be going 570 though. Aftermarket cooling is important for me, and so is size/practicality. 570 will run cooler, make less noise, comsume about as much power, and handle things like tesselation/dx11 a little better @ 1080p (so i hear).

6970 might improve with better drivers though. Might bring it closer to the 580 possibly?

Would love to stay loyal to AMD but Nvidia has a winner with the 570.
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This post made me laugh.

No. It isn't better in overall performance.

Interesting... You point to a single benchmark.
    
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GTX 570 hands down biggrin.gif
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