Could it be?
Leaked AMD Radeon 6970 results have surfaced, in a nut shell it seems the 6970 (as it stands now in early days yet, without proper drivers and a proper release) that it will be at least 10% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX480.
What's being said, is the HD 6970 is scoring X12000 in 3D Mark Vantage, with a P score of P24499.
Unigine Heaven results (1920 x 1200, 4xAA, 16xAF) giving a result of 36.6 fps.
- a HD5870 scores P19337 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 17.3 fps in Heaven
- a GTX480 scores P21106 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 29.5 fps in Heaven
Core speeds seem to be at around 800 - 900MHz, 6 + 8pin power requirements and an estimated TDP of 255W or more.