Originally Posted by HalfAHertz
I'm pretty sure that they're doing it because we're at the point where a 128bit bus board with gddr5 is cheaper than 256bit with ddr3
Now that you mention it, THAT makes the most sense. Probably has nothing to do with the chip at all. ATI is just doing the proper thing and actually renaming the card when they do it -- hopefully the shady vendors who like to market 128-bit 3850's with GDDR2 will follow along.