We don’t doubt though that as we see new drivers from AMD performance will begin to go up. You have to remember though that this card is priced at $250 US (or roughly $350 AUD) so it’s not an expensive card like your normal next-gen offering.
Looking over our questions from the intro the card does perform quite well and is a nice step up from the HD 2900 XT at a very good price. It’s really in direct competition with the 8800GT although it never really manages to perform as well as it, bar a few cases. It’s a good card and if you want a multi card setup on your P35/X38 motherboard, it’s going to be a better option than a single 8800 Ultra. Should NVIDIA be worried? Not really. By the time AMD get a really kick ass driver out for the 3870 the new models from NVIDIA could be around the corner and the whole fight starts over again.
Check it out at TweakTown. The conclusion of the review is a bit weird IMO, the card gets pretty good ratings even though it doesn't really hold up against the GeForce 8800 GT. Sure, the card may be quite silent but raw performance is still the most important thing for most enthusiasts.