This card kicks @ss.
The effects even seem better than my 9700 was
this is a first hand account from bkswaney! why do you compare screenshots that use old drivers! dont compare the cards unless you have seen both of them in motion personally.... it makes no sense. i have a friend with a 9700, so therefore i have seen both in person, so i make a conclusion on which i think looks better. and to tell you the truth, they look identical to me. i know its an alpha and all.. but my card definetely had the doom3 alpha running and looking better. everything else looks exactly the same to me.