Originally Posted by Nowyn
What i meant is, if some1 goes for a single (single core) card then ATI is a best budget option at the moment.
As for performance, we don't have numbers, so it's all just a prediction and often predictions don't pay off (Hi Phenom / 3870X2 vs 9800GX2).
I think you are forgetting the fact the the only way
nvidia could beat ATI's standard dual-gpu 3870 was to make the 9800GX2... but these GTX280s are way too hot and way too power hungry to put into a GX2 configuration. Not to mention the fact that the 4870's are rumored to be much more than standard dual-gpu cards (shared memory, special interconnect etc.)
I will personally write you a check for 5 dollars and mail it to wherever you live if the GTX280 can beat the 4870X2.
On a side note, you're estimated price of the 4870x2 is way off, you said its going to be $350*2, but first of all, I don't think the 4870s are launching at $350 a peice, and secondly, you are forgetting that there is a 2-3month gap between the launch of the 4870 and the 4870x2.
Don't expect to see these above $450.