Digit-Life has reviewed the RADEON 7500, 8500, 9000, 9000Pro and 9700Pro Video Cards, and his done some Anisotropic Filtering testing on the 9700Pro:
So, what can we say about the Sapphire's line? First of all, this company is a main partner of ATI, and its products can be considered ATI's own ones, because this factory also produces graphics solutions marked as "Built by ATI", - they have top quality and are carefully tested. Besides, the range of video cards produced by this company is much wider than that of ATI. The only downside is that frequencies are not written on the cards. That is why before purchasing something go to the Sapphire's site to find out information about the cards. Or you should buy cards in Retail packages as frequencies must be indicated there.
The RADEON 9700 Pro card of Sapphire is a pure copy of the reference model. It seems that all the cards are produced at the same factory, or even on the same production line, hence such a similarity. Well, it is an ordinary good graphics solution (though still very expensive :-).