well, it hasn't launched yet, but the 3870X2 is getting some interesting press. for starters, Asus jumped the gun on the launch
with what appears to be a much better cooling solution than the reference design.
and of course, we also have the first review of the card as well.
here's the results in a nutshell:
basically, it beats the GeForce 8800Ultra in every test except Crysis, Lost Planet, and NFS: Pro Street. granted, that's with the 8.1 drivers, too which means there's improvement with further driver updates.
no word on power consumption, but its supposed to be just slightly worse than the 2900XT. still, its sale price is expected to be about $400 USD, probably just a bit higher, but its still less than the 8800 Ultra.
my take: AMD finally has a product that can go toe-to-toe with Nvidia's best. if it was only available earlier....