AHHH....fell for it a 3rd time...oh wait...this is legit
I stopped by Best Buy tonight in the hopes that they put some out accidently. No store in my state has them in stock FYI and they don't go on sale there until what looks like the 30th. Funny though, they are going for $299 at BB. The 4850 is going for $199. Strangely they had a GT260 sitting out that I don't see on newegg....for anyone interested.
I saw the 4870 on New Egg too. It said it was a deactivated item when I tried to add it to my cart though.
Funny thing is, I stopped by Best Buy tonight too. They had 3 4850s on the shelf. It sounds like the guy you talked to knew a lot more than the one I talked to. I don't think he even knew what a 4870 was. He couldn't give me an eta and started googling it while I was standing there.
WOW. According to the expressview review the 4870 is only 10% slower on average than the GTX 280 and dominates the 260 for $100 less. Let the price wars begin.....ahhhhh.....it's a good day to be a consumer. Go ATI! Compete!
Did the page show anything about power requirements?
The information floating about all seems to say that the 4870 calls for 160 watts. In other words, while it DOES require two six-pin PCI-express power connectors, it barely uses the second one. (10 of ~75 watts maximum +12v capacity)
I'm still more concerned about crossfire. I have a PCP&C 610 Silencer hoping to be able to crossfire. 49A on 12volt rail so I think it has enough amps. The review from a site I saw pegged their whole system in crossfire at around 400watts I think so I might be ok.