If you’ll note, the vender supplied 3DMark06 benchmarks that are given seem to indicate that at similar price points for the new parts, such as the HD3870 and HD3850, there is performance parity. Some parts seem to be faster for cheaper as well.
Of course, this assumes that this slide isn’t just a complete fabrication.
I’m crossing my fingers because competition is a good thing for consumers. :)
I think it was one of the hardware guys from PCG or such that mentioned they had one or two of these new ATI cards already but that they couldn’t talk about it at all, other than to say that people may want to wait and see how it compares. :O