Originally Posted by Rollo
Actually the 5800 was outperformed by the 9700Pro, by quite a bit when AA or DX9 were used. It was easily ATi's biggest victory over NVIDIA, which is why ATi fans still bring it up, seven years later.
What they don't mention in doing so is that ATi didn't even design the 9700Pro. ATi purchased a company called "ArtX" that had a good GPU design and then used it for their next two generations of products. I believe the next card ATi designed was the 2900XT.
If that's true then that's absolutely hilarious. Their huge victory was simply bought and the card they did design failed miserably