they are gonna be great best bang-for-buck, which, ultimately is what we are all after
I agree with that also.
And Silver...I was reading an article that said ATI was going to release an X600 I thought not X700 but I'm not 100% sure I was just asking, but the article I read said the 6600 completely dominates the X600 in every aspect. Even if they had the 4 extra pipelines that the 6600 has over the X600 it still wouldn't make up for the lack of performance. Thought that that was pretty interesting.
I will agree though it seems like ATI will perform better once they release a stable set of drivers, but this kind of basically just shows what I said was true in the beginning. I think ATI Rushed out a card to compete with the 6800, but it didn't help in that doom and nvidia basically shook hands in agreement to make the 6800 seem like the optimum choice.
When it all boils down to it, both cards are going to be insane and give you great performance. Everyones systems vary's so benches really tell us nothing. Unless you're writing an article and have two of the exact systems then coming to these forums and boasting your card is better over this guys really does nothing.
Personally I think the 6600 like I said and raekwon first said will be the best bang for the buck and hell might even outperform the 6800 128mb, I really wouldn't be surprised at that at all.