Originally Posted by Sir Beregond
I seem to remember those cards being performance beasts to begin with and competitively priced too (maybe not the 8800).
The 9700 Pro, 8800 GTX, and HD 5870 were all performance beasts... in previous generation titles.
The 9700 Pro was the first DX9 card - https://techreport.com/review/4104/a...aphics-card/16
(nothing to test DX9 capabilities at launch)
The problem with the 9700 Pro was that once DX9 became mainstream, they were 2-3 generations newer on GPU tech, which would have landed squarely in 8800 GTX territory.
If you search reviews, the same thing happened with the 8800 GTX... fantastic DX9 card, but fell on its face in DX10 content (again, nothing to test @ launch)
The HD 5870 was also the same... an amazing DX10 card that SUCKED at DX11 (Nvidia's GTX 480 wiped the floor with it in tessellation capabilities, but it launched 6 months later).
Based on what we're seeing with the RTX 20 series, I think it's safe to say that for DX11/12, it's going to be fantastic, but as soon as you turn on DXR/RTX features, performance will tank.
EDIT: One thing to consider is that the current Pascal generation from Nvidia is tech that has been refined since Kepler 2 generations ago. The reason the GTX 1080 Ti is so fast in modern titles is because it is running a feature set that is several years old now. The RTX 20 series of cards will be the same way; it will obliterate today's games, but Ray Tracing... not a chance.