Originally Posted by sepheronx
I think that the 8800 series also have potential to get better performance, due to their drivers. So far, from what I heard and learned, that the current drivers for the 8xxxx series are just plainly "beta" and still have the performance issues and such. Nvidia is just not good atm to creating decent drivers for those cards.
They've had months and months to sort out the issues. If they haven't done it yet, they won't for a while.
The major argument against HD2900XT's over on the NCIX forums, was that the drivers 'suck right now'. Well now, about one month later, it's reversed a fair bit. It appears the HD2900XT will pass 8800GTX performance soon, as well as being priced better. Based on nVidia's history, I'd say it'll take months for them to catch up, if they ever do.
See, ATI has a history of rapidly improving their drivers. nVidia?...not so much... Actually, their drivers have been sucking more lately. I went back to some 8x.xx drivers for my 7900GS, and it actually has better image quality and performance than 9x.xx drivers. Also, it doesn't crash
anymore in games like BF2142!
The arguments used by fanboys must now change, because suddenly they support ATI instead of nVidia.