I don't give a rats about the pictures but then I have not been overly impressed with the Radeon 9700 either. I fully expect the NV30 to be 10 - 15% faster with better quality in resolutions above 800x600.
What do I base this assessment on? Nvidia's past history and superior driver support.
Vapourware? Ummm...... No; more like end of the year ware.