Originally Posted by CaptNKILL
Despite all that, it just isn't that much of an improvement over cards that are a year and a half old, where as the 8800GTX totally stomped the competition and all of those cards were only a few months old (7900GTX, 7950GX2 and 8800GTX were released within 8 months). In most games, one 8800GTX was faster than or roughly equal to 7950GX2 quad SLI, 7900GTX SLI or x1950xtx crossfire, and those were all high end cards.
Look at either the 9800GTX SLI or 8800GTX SLI versus a single GTX 280. It is basically in the same boat as the 8 series in that respect. The only reason why the 7950GX2 didn't cause the issue that the 9800GX2 is causing now is because it couldn't run AFR2. Most of the games didn't get any advantage with the extra processing power.
One other thing that I would like to note is a lot of the games that are being tested are fairly old. Other than AoC I don't think anything else I saw tested came out this year. I think the long term value of the GTX 280 is really going to show because of the memory advantages the card posseses.