The 6950 is interesting but I compared it to the GTX 560 Ti 448 using AnandTech Bench and the GTX 560 was faster overall; in some cases substantially so.
The 6950 is nice in that it has 2gb of vram and it consumes a little less power.
I've actually developed an nVidia brand preference. I like their drivers better than AMD.
I'm going to see what's available tonight in the new sale at NCIX.
They offered me the Direct CU II card for $244.
I might just get a vanilla GTX 560. They are $150. I don't game much any more and $240 is really stretching my budget.
i hoped you also looked at my benches
- the GTX 560 Ti 448c FTW trades blows with and often beats the HD 6970.
i would not recommend a HD 6950 flash to HD 6970 even if you can do it. My cousin brought his PC over today and the sole issue was that one of the HD 6950s could not longer run at HD 6970 speeds; he is going to sell his system and i did a quick diagnosis. He is lucky that the HD 6950 is fine at stock speeds again after being flashed.
A plain GTX 560 will not be much of an upgrade over your GTX 460.
What about a *regular* GTX 560 Ti?