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Upgrading GPU, GTX 570 vs 6950

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I've finally decided to ditch the 4870, but I'm having difficulty choosing between the GTX 570 and the 6950 2GB, since both look like they'll give me plenty of performance over the next 2-3 years.
On the one hand, the 570 outperforms the 6950, but the 6950 can be unlocked to have a 6970 core, and also has the advantage in VRAM (2GB vs 1280 MB), which closes the performance gap remarkably. It is also cheaper.
On the other hand, almost everywhere I look is out of stock for unlockable 6950s, and an overclocked GTX 570 performs on-par with an OC'ed 6970.
The cheapest stock 6950 2GB I can find (in stock) is AU$320, and the cheapest GTX 570 is $350.
Keeping in mind that I'd be unlocking the 6950, would the GTX 570 be worth the $30 price difference?
Alternatively, I could order a cheaper non-standard 6950 2GB for $300. $50 cheaper than the 570, and with a more effective heatsink it could out-clock the stock 6950.

tl;dr, Should I spend extra on a 570 instead of unlocking a 6950, or keep to my budget and buy a cheap non-unlockable 6950?
 
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Oh wow, I hadn't noticed that there was such a cheap 6970 in stock! I'm definitely putting this in my cart.
 
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6950 2GB +1 and you can try unlock core~
Or considering the 6970 2GB linked is only $20 more he could just get that and not risk it ;p
 

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that 6970 is a sweet deal alright, however consider an overclocking/unlocking perspective here where a GTX570 will more often than not, overclock to be on par or perhaps exceed a GTX580 in terms of brute performance, something even a fully fledged 6970 has trouble doing. the 2gb of ram is tempting, but I haven't hit the wall of 1280mb on my GTX570 yet.
 
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u could do take the GTX 570 i got one myself had it a couple of days and i luv it, if u use the Cuda technologi and Nvidia is also better with their drivers, but still if u don't use Cuda and don't play games using physx than grap the HD6950/6970 2GB card.
 
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The 6970 2GB that Lionheart linked is now on its way.
The fact that it was cheaper than a GTX 570 really sealed the deal, as I didn't particularly want to buy an nVidia card (call me a fanboy, but I've had more luck with ATI than nVidia when it comes to reliability and overclocking).
I have no use for CUDA, and my CPU can easily handle PhysX games. Overclocking this beast should be mighty fun :D
 
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Well, yeah if you like AMD then of course the 6970 is the way to go, this unlocking stuff has its downsides I'm sure but anyway GTX570 is on par with the 6970 but it seems it's a little bit more expensive.

Anyway it's a great upgrade to your 4870, now the i7 will be put at good work!
 
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if your going dual cards 6950's, single card 570
Ended up getting a surprisingly cheap 6970 (cheaper than a 570), and I'm looking at single cards only. My case isn't big enough for two cards to work with enough airflow.

Thread can be closed, it's served its purpose. Thanks for all the replies :)
 

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youll enjoy the 6970 2gb

and @ wolf, Shogun II total War can with DX11 use more vram then even Metro 2033, lol
 
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Ahahaha

Here's a good question for you guys

How do I fit a 27.5 cm long card into a space that is only 27 cm long?
 
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only girls use cases :p men use racks lol
 
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It wasn't pretty, but I managed to cut a rectangle out of the HDD/CD drive bays, so it now fits.

I am in love. This thing is chewing through Bad Company 2 at maximum settings with no trouble at all! Even with massive explosions and particle effects, the frame rate stays completely smooth.
 

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