i may eat these words (most likely gleefully fed by cowboy), but im wagering that six months from now, the 9800 vs nv30 may have some closer-than-you-think scores in all the benchies.
this is a new kind of GPU. programmable pipelines and shaders means that this chip is much more sensitive to driver refinement than any in history. AA and AF are math algorithms thus driver tweakable forever and ever. (stop talking like all of this is built in stone just because it has a name)
gosh... i wonder if nvidia can improve their drivers??
/me breaths inward in horror and suspense