"It is slightly off tradition that the GPU company's flagship product sails off not to meet the flagship of it's competitor, but one target lower".
One has to acknowledge ATI's brilliant move to sell while they realised first hand that they were going the way of the graphics dodo -3dfx. Dwindling sales, massive losses, and now a delayed product launch not even close to competition. It's hard to imagine how AMD can still say they are the smarter choice. Clearly the worst you can do right now is couple an AMD CPU with an ATI graphics.