Originally Posted by Redeemed
I've only read the HardOCP review. The 6970 trades blows with the 580 but leaves the 570 trailing.
I guess ultimately it depends on resolution he'll be playing at. The higher the resolution the better the 6970 will perform compared to the 570.
You need to read a review where the reviewer doesn't arbitrarily decide what settings are "playable" and they actually bench at the same settings. A 6970 does not
"trade blows" with a 580, it's trades blows with a 570/480.
The 6970 is another testament to the failure that is VLIW arch. (e.g. Itanium, FX5800)
Yes, a 6970 does have 3X the SPs as a GTX570, strike anyone else as "odd" it's the same level of performance? Compiler efficiency and the inherent limitations with instructions depending on the results of other instructions. AMDs GPUs may be smaller, but in terms of SPs sitting idle, they're VERY inefficient.
In any case, I can't think of a reason why anyone would pay $20 more for a 6970 and lock themselves out of PhysX, CUDA, and 3D Vision.