The way is see it, if you play more directx 9 games (eg HL2) get the X800, if you play more OpenGL games (eg Doom 3) get the 6800. I wouldn't worry about the PS 3.0 / DX 9.0c support because by the time it is implemented in games you'll be wanting a new card anyway. No matter which card you get it's gonna completely own, so don't lose too much sleep. Though I think the ATi cards *might* have a more elegant/quiet cooling solution, the dual DVI on the 6800U looks VERY nice from here. It's really 6 in one hand and half a dozen in the other (its great to see nVidia and ATi competing so well ). I think the 6800 is truely a next gen card, whereas the X800 is just a massively powerful 9600/9800 hybrid, but I don't think that it actually matters.