you guys are missing something here, I see a lot of "since the release of this card the price of this other one has gone down" . the reason those cards dropped in price is because of the advent of the AMD 6xxx cards.
the day the 6870 was out the 470 dropped to $260, thats not coincidence. and according to benchmarks, crossfired 6870's are not far behind crossfired 5870's, that from a replacement for the 5770.
when the 6970's hit the real battle will begin.
You mean ATI, not AMD.....
Anyways, ATI is always behind, Nvidia release the latest and greatest, ATI release thiers at an undercut price at which point Nvidia drop thier prices, its a buisness agreement I am sure between the two companies no doubt.
I have never had a good run with ATI, ever. In all the machines I have built for people, nethier have thier machines had a good experience. I am not saying I have always had a great run with Nvidia ethier, but my experience with Nvidia has been much greater then with ATI and therefore, I buy Nvidia powered GPU's and unless ATI somehow some where have a smashing breakthrough in GPU technology (which will never happen), I will continue to buy Nvidia.