While we are still a couple of weeks away from the final veredict, The Inquirer is hinting that ATI's upcoming X800 cards will be faster than NVIDIA's fastest 6800 Ultra... I wouldn't trust on anyone's rumours (and I definitely don't), the claim is indeed bold given that the X800 which they refer to is a 12-pipelines part.

That means that the X800 'XT' version that will unleash R420's full potential at 16-pipelines and a higher clock speed should be even faster?
NVIDIA most definitely has already won the feature race since the X800s won't push Radeon 9800 Pro features much further, but they will need on-par performance to compete, things should get very interesting by the end of the month.