DAAMIT has decided to aim for the mainstream market and spend their development dollars there instead of trying to produce the highest-performing product that only a select few will be able to afford.
Nvida's near-panic-induced midnight paper launch of the 9800GTX+ should tell you something about the performance of the 4850 if nothing else will. They crapped their pants.
BTW: That PC Perspective review is one of only two that I know of (the other being Firingsquad's) that show the 4850 in a bad light. The rest show the 4850 beating the 9800GTX in the majority of games, especially at higher resolutions with AA.
"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."