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The performance difference between 2900xt 512mb and 8800gtx is 25% on average. You see this gap increase when playing game at full AA & AF and higher res, while the difference reduce to 5% at low res without AA & AF. Here is a review done by xtreview.com http://xtreview.com/review196.htm

As of 2900xt 1gb version. They perform similar at low res setting and difference is about 5%~10% at max res and AA/ AF

I don't know why new driver releases would shorten the gap since both ATI and nVidia are currently improving their drivers.
Because the 2900xts just came out....the 8800GTXs have been out for months....
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The upcoming cards won't be able to run on the current PCI-E platform?
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PCI-E 2.0 is backward compatible. There won't be a new type of cards to my knowledge, only cards that can utilize the extra bandwidth that 2.0 offers.
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X38 is the first chipset designed for overclocking. It features 49 PCI Express lanes and support PCI Express 2.0 (double bandwidth). X38 is definitely worthwhile waiting for if you are in the high end motherboard market.
Can you put a PCI-Express 16x Graphics Card in a PCI 2.0 Slot and expect twice the bandwidth? Secondly, do you know what the prices will be for 2x1GB of DDR3-1333 Ram? Right now they are between $300 and 400 for 2GB.

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It will have the same bandwidth, but I doubt the card will utilize it. Most cards don't even utilize the full amount of a 16x lane PCI-E slot.
I'm not even thinking about DDR3 until they show better performance than DDR2.
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