Video card upgrade - 6970 or 580?

Hi everyone,

I'm planning on upgrading my 5870 pretty soon and was wondering which card is better, the 6970 or 580?

I'm planning on putting the cards on a liquid loop with 360mm of radiator and am torn between the PowerColor LCS Radeon HD6970 and the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2. Both are good cards and each have pros and cons. Any suggestions?
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  1. Typically, the 580 has a little more power than a 6970, but it is more expensive. It seems like this mostly depends on whether or not you want to spend the extra money.
  2. It all depends on your budget. The GTX 580 is for those who want the best and don't need to worry about their budget. If you are looking to save money, then you need to downgrade to the HD6970 or GTX 570, since those are the two cards that are in competition in terms of performance. The GTX 580 comes in at a higher performance level.
  3. also the 6970 uses a lot less power under load http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/12/15/ati-radeon-hd-6970-review/10 but if you want the fastest, its the 580.
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