Re: X800 vs 6800 = Voodoo3 vs TNT2
V5 totally OWNED the GF2 in Glide games and FSAA, and the GF2 was faster in a majority of D3D games (especially if they had hardware T&L support...which very few did). So that was a bit of a toss-up depending on your preferences. However, it took a LONG time for 32-bit color to really be useful, in a majority of games it really wasn't worth the 50% performance hit for the slight visual upgrade (same was true of AA, though I thought a lot more games in 2000 benefited more from AA than 32-bit color).
But damn, I didn't realise how much faster the Voodoo 3 was back then compared to the TNT2. So that's one big difference between the current generation and the V3/TNT2 comparision. Though I'm suprised at that review you linked to...even on a V3 there were games that ran at over 100FPS at 1024x768? And the card only cost $160 at launch?!? Jeez, now I feel ripped off...sure makes saying "you can play almost any game at over 60 FPS at full settings on this $500 card" seem sad...I'd like to see how a card released nowadays for under $200 performs in most games!