Originally Posted by Mr McC
No, it is not likely, but there might be people buying pre-built systems who are not aware that the 6870 is actually the 6770 we were expecting under a new naming scheme. Given the well established naming scheme, it is logical to assume that a 6870 would be the direct successor of the 5870 rather than the 5770 and, if this is not in fact the case, my criticism would be laid on ATI's marketing practices, rather than consumer stupidity.
and my criticism would be laid on those who don't wait for something to acutely come out before we get SO deep into hypotheticals. :P
Even if a "3870 was stronger than a 8990, Trying to find a slim instance where a "consumer" would be involved where they didn't do any research before buying a 2000 dollar computer is still on them.