but I would assume that whether or not the R600 outperforms the 8000 series, it will instigate a price drop from Nvidia since they'll have dx10 competition. Its redundant and annoying to hear... But I'll have to wait.
What I'm waiting for is the RS690G (or whatever AMD will call it), the H.264 capable X700 variant with four pixel pipelines. That should have been out last summer, but the latest is a February release.
My idea was to not bother with a new shader 3.0 graphics card for a few months, and tolerate performance just under that of the AIW Radeon 9800 Pro in my AGP system. Then, when the DX10 equivalent to the X1950 Pro arrives (ie $200 or so), I'd pounce.
I wonder if AMD/ATI will delay their DX10 integrated graphics? That's what I really want for a multimedia and midrange gaming system. Supposedly, the onboard graphics will work alongside a discreet GPU for something other than a second monitor.
We'll see. I just think there have been too many delays due to the merger. ATI alone was bad enough, ATI/AMD seems more focused on what they could do four years from now, rather than what they need to do today.
One rumour I like is that they really aren't ditching the All in Wonder line. I'd love to see a DX10 All in Wonder card in my soon to be built system this year.