Few improvements over the original XT in all but memory bandwith, which was good enough to be everything from top to bottom on the nVidia line with the original 2900XT.
Also, two words: Price Cuts.
In a month, actually a bit less, the GTX will be well below 500$.
I don't really understand where all of you are getting the idea that GDDR4 suddenly makes this card comparable to the GTX. It never was before, and it won't be now. As i just said, it already had the memory bandwith to beat the GTX. Adding even more won't all of a suddent make it render a prettier image.
Oh wait a minute... your argument sounds awful familiar to mine.
Like i said, i was genuinely looking forward to this release because i thought the ATI vendorsmight actually justify the doubling of the memory with a SMALL bump up in price. Take the 8800GTS 320mb vs. the 8800GTS 640mb. Do you see why i'm dissapointed now?
But then again, this isn't a bashing of ATI as it really is all diamond. ATI in no way supports this card.
Again, this isn't an ATI release, or you could bet that ALL the vendors would have this card. And while you may be right, you MAY be paying for what you get, if the performance isn't all that good who cares? Example: You could easily pay 1200$ for a 8GB kit for a desktop. But seeing as how most applications don't utilize 2GB, whats the point? Sure, the 8GB might not be overpriced. But the performance gains over the 2GB kit (which would be only 200$) aren't justified by that extra 1000$. See where i'm coming from?