People here are crying about performance without proven benchmarks but don't think about what makes a GPU a true successor, Price & Drivers. AMD the last few years has been making better drivers than Nvidia after reading many articles and post. The long haul ( how they age ) is important for me. To me AMD's drivers are so good that I'm still on old drivers from months ago and no issues. I work hard for my money and bang for buck matters. My opinion is that I think in another 1-2 years their cards with be very very close to Nvidia's higher end cards. Most of my friends & family usually only spend about $150-$230 on video cards and try to make them last 4-6 years.