I'm thinking the exact same thing. It'* also pretty cool how two $200 Radeon 3850s in Crossfire tie, +/- 20%, an 8800GTS 512MB. What I've seen from nVidia is a lot of changes so that the newer 8800 core makes the GT faster than the old GTS, the new GTS just as fast as the GTX, and not that much to compete with the 3850 256MB video card.
On the other hand, the Radeon series now seem to have come around nicely. They show support for DirectX 10.1 instead of "just" 10, so I want to see what nVidia'* next cards support to gauge whether the 8800s will be good DX10 cards or not. I remember that the FX5000 series cards had pretty bad DX9 support, but then the 6000 series did better than ATI supporting Pixel Shader 3.0.
It'* an on/off thing. But I do agree with you that nVidia stays consistent with their offerings whereas ATI doesn't yet have much to compete with the high end. They did, however, come first to market with a GDDR4 video card. That'* pretty interesting.
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