Originally Posted by Alphonze
You just need to learn to take a loss guy. If we go back to the basics and read the title of this thread it says $1000 showdown. At this price range it's simply a fact that AMD kinda curb stomps Nvidia.
That's not really what was proven here. We see that 3x 6970 GPUs can beat 2x 580s. However as others have mentioned, it's very possible to get 3x 480s for that same price now. A triple 480 setup could be quite competitive here, until it hits the frame buffer wall.
This entire comparison seems pointless because the 580 is NOT a value-priced card. Even on Nvidia's side, SLI 460s can match it's performance for roughly half the cost. Most people purchasing a super high end card like that know what they are getting into though.
If you're buying a 580, it's not because it's competitively priced, it's because you're willing to pay the premium for the absolute fastest single gpu card on the market, with the most expansion potential down the line. If it's not worth it to you, there are plenty of other options.
I don't really see how this is a win/loss for either side.