Thanks for the compliment.
Games play smooth enough for me. Splinter Cell runs excellent @ 1600x1200 and looks sweet to boot. Unreal 2 runs well also. So I'm overall a happy camper. Which is why I don't obsess over the slightly lower than expected 3dmark results.
It's just something I'd like to clear up if I could.. But it's not keeping me up at nights, no.
Perhaps when ATI finally gets the next Catalyst out, with the 9700 pro performance improvements, it'll bench a little better.