ATI can call their cards whatever numbers they like, its not misleading and theyre not fooling anyone. Everyone does it. By that logic I should complain that my old 9800xt doesnt perform as well as a 5770 Stop your whining! babies...
I was about to get an ATI 5850 last month until I heard about the AMD 6800 cards coming out. I was waiting for the 6800s, but then I came upon a great deal on a GTX 470 this past weekend and picked one up... if the benchmarks show the AMD 6870 considerably outperforming the GTX 470 I might return it and pick up an AMD 6870 if the price is similar to what I got the GTX 470.
Its not the fact that they are doing what they are with the naming scheme its the fact that they were not upfront with it.
People didnt know if the cards coming out were 5770 updates or 5850 updates and it turns out its more of a 5830 replacement.
This pisses me OFF to NO end. They are simply trying to fool consumers into thinking the 6870 is the next iteration of the 5870 when it is NOT!!!!!!!
Most consumers have become accustomed to the 1000 increase and not this new 1100 increase. So buyer beware. 6870 is really an improved version of the 5770. Ouch.
Thanks AMD for sucking.
For Everyone that wishes to know, the 6870 is to the 5850 as the Intel Core i7 975 was to the 965. The 6xxx series is just a D step. A few features were added to the proc, and the clocks were raised. Slap a new cooler on and you have a new series. This will most likely be ATI's smallest DirectX 11 series of cards (lineup wise). Btw, the 6850 is the D step of the 5770 except the 6850 will have the increased bus size.