Is the 5800 Ultra really the king?
This is NOT meant to be a flamefest, this is an honest question that I just thought of that I do NOT know the answer to and I would be very curious to know it.
Has the 5800 Ultra ever beat the 9700 Pro in benchmarks where both are using WHQL certified drivers? Or has it just been beating the 9700 Pro when it uses their "special performance review" driver set?
It IS an important distinction, as I think most understand the IQ degradation in the "performance review" set...but has anyone seen any benchmarks of the 5800 Ultra using a real set of drivers against the 9700 Pro using a real set of drivers?
Any productive input is appreciated, no nasty conspiracy theories or flames please. (<----HEY, I said please! )
[SIZE=1][I]"It was very important to us that NVIDIA did not know exactly where to aim. As a result they seem to have over-engineered in some aspects creating a power-hungry monster which is going to be very expensive for them to manufacture. We have a beautifully balanced piece of hardware that beats them on pure performance, cost, scalability, future mobile relevance, etc. That's all because they didn't know what to aim at."