This thread has been very informative and concerning at the same time. I was about to go out and spend $1000AUD on a FX ultra but for now I am keeping my cash.
With all the reports of great improvements by my friends and their Raedon cards and the 3.7 catalyst drivers released today..ATI is looking good.
I have owned every Nvidia card since day one, and have always been a Nvidiot fanboy, but the developments and apparent mistakes they have had/made with the FX5800 and the 5900, together with the *optimisations* and trilinear fiasco really really has turned me away from the company.
This thread was sort of the last nail in my consumer $$ coffin. I hope you current owners get looked after by Nvidia on this issue.