The card is good, lower consumption than GTX480 while delivering more performance. Still they didn't break the HD 5970, a card released a year ago. I can't help but wonder if AMD is delaying launch in order to tune their cards to respond to nvidia offerings. I think it's reasonable to believe the HD 6950 will be just a tad slower than GTX 580 while the 6970 a tad faster. Worst case they will both be slower and we will see the same strategy that was applied with the HD 4000 series (price wars). The dual GPU from ATI will surely beat the GTX 580, my question is will nvidia be capable of releasing a dual GPU now that they managed to bring down the power consumption?