In conclusion, ATi has gone all out to prove to everyone that a new king has been crowned when it comes to graphic cards. It has out performed its rivals in almost every benchmark (other the Comanche 4) and has slaughtered them in terms of AF/AA.
How much does this card retail for? It retails at a quite pricey MSRP US$399. This is the only down fall to this superb card. Unless you have $400 just lying around, don't even think of purchasing this card.
Is it worth it? Myself, as an enthusiast, would definitely say it's worth it. It gives me all the performance I dreamed of in a graphics card. You get the best performance, awesome 2D quality and even Video output features. This is the card you want in your so-called "bad-ass" rig.
Is it worth it for the occasional gamer? It's not at all worth it. Think of it this way, if you are an occasional gamer who plays at 800x600, do you really even need this card? Why couldn't you settle for a budget card? ATi also provides budget based cards for those who don't have that much loose change in there pockets and who only play games every once and while (Card such as the ATi Radeon 9000 Pro).
ATi has definitely put their foot down in the graphics market. How long will it last though? That is a question that can only be truly answered by the only rival that ATi has...nVidia. So everyone enjoy these couple months of glory and expect a war when 2003 comes along.
Great Visual Quality
Awesome AF/AA performance
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award