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It looks like the HD 6970 will be released the last week of November, if all goes well.
I do not like AMD's naming scheme, it will confuse many people who are not techno-geeks, or nearly so. I am still waiting to see of the HD 6970 will perform well enough to pry my factory overclocked HD 4890 out of my hands.
The HD 6870 is looking good, however, if AMD had named it HD 6770 the numbers would look even more awesome, because it beats the GTX 470 in some games.
In any event the new video cards arrived last Friday, 22 Oct. They run cool and AMD stated that a lower price will be available for the next three weeks, after that the price will go up, how much I do not know.
Just be sure you understand, the HD 6870 is not the replacement for the HD 5870. The replacement for the HD 5870 is the HD 6970.
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