Originally Posted by nitestick
i don't think we can say that yet, they're playing catch up. ATI haven't released they're "next generation" cards yet so they're still coding drivers on a pretty familiar architecture whereas nVidia's new cards have changed quite remarkably from the 7 series cards.
Indeed. the 8800's have a very different architecture; having unified shaders, and being the first DirectX 10 card out.
ATI hasn't released their next generation card. They'll have to make new drivers for it, when it's released.
That being said, I think the R600 may have a performance advantage over the 8800's, regardless of drivers.