Originally Posted by Muppet
Just wait a little bit longer and see what price the 7970 comes in at. I have heard $550US, but hopefully cheaper. It looks to be a pretty descent performer.
Anandtech said $549, you are on target.
I don't see this as disappointing at all. It beats the 580 handily, all while remaining cooler, lower noise levels, and lower power consumption. The only exemption is noise under load for Metro 2033. It's about 4db louder is that test only.
I'm curious as to how well the new architecture will behave with the drivers.