R8500 not 9700
Benchmarks should test spec against spec or vendor specific against vendor specific.
Using the 8500 path the 9700 is faster but uses lower quality textures and rendering (like the nV30 does at points) but ATi hardware is all or nothing, so JC is using the higher quality slightly slower ARB2 path for the 9700. He could code a specific 9700 path (and I dont know why he is not going to), but all I am saying is lets play fair with benchmarking.
Remember the stink we used to hear in the cpu benches when Intel SSE2 code was run against AMD FP? Now most sites state the fact and/or use both versions of the test to highlight the differences. That is all I am asking.
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.