The late overdue, overhyped 470 or 480?
470 is about 8% slower then the 5870 for about 7% less, so a good buy on that front. Would clearly benifit from an extra shader cluster (16 shaders) though...
As for the 480, its competitive with the 5970, but at a much lower price ($499 vs around $700), so at the really high end, it makes more sense then the 5970. Its advantages over the 5870 remain to be seen though. Sometimes, it crushes the 5870, sometimes, the 5870 wins. And this goes beyond teh standard game bias, something else is at work. .
I would also like more DX11 samples, particularlly with Tesselation [which is the future], as that should be the cards greatest strength, so the 400 series probably has a bit more staying power over time...
Decent. Not RV2000 by any means; not the 5000 series...more like the 9000 series. A good upgrade from anything prior to the series before, but otherwise...eh.