Well, I wouldn't say my experience with ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro has been entirely smooth sailing - this review took quite a bit longer than I'd hoped, due to reinstalling testbeds etc. However, taking a step back and looking overall, it's an impressive feat from ATI to steam past nVIDIA's flagship product. In high resolutions the Radeon 9700 Pro is all-conquering and that seems destined to continue after DirectX 9 arrives. nVIDIA's NV30 is on the way of course, but with hazy release dates it could be a while off yet. The R9700 has some driver issues that ATI need to fix and AGP8X support is questionable, but in terms of sheer grunt you can't fault it. It's been a good while since anyone other than nVIDIA could lay claim to the fastest video card on the market, but right now ATI have the crown.
All hail the new king!
Review link : Overclockers Australia