Originally Posted by treboRR
C'mon man! ATIs 7970 has twice the transistors count (2640M vs 4310M transistors - 6970 vs 7970) but has only 20% or little more perf vs last gen of cards so think twice! ATI failed to sqeeze the perf out of those transistors. So lets hope Nvida will not fail with his architecture
Remember they are using a new architecture on this card, so u cant compare the transistor count as a simple % increase... i'm sure their next cards (i.e. HD8000 series) will be a small revision of the HD7000 and will have another performance bump.
I have an HD7970, it scores P8380 in 3dmark11 standard benchmark, which I believe is 15% better than GTX580 and the GTX580 is another 10% or so better than HD6970. I won't be surprised is nVidia new cards are 5-10% faster than HD7970 and cost $100 more.