A bit about my review philosophy.It's important to gauge gameplay as well as performance in a review. Subsequent to the 9700 Pro's release numerous games have been released. Personally, I'm a flight simulator/space sim and role player more than a first person shooter gamer. Everyone is different in their tastes , but it's important to give a "whole picture" type of review, at least for me . Benchmarks by themselves, while important for a objective view of a card isn't sufficient. Also note, the system requirements I list here are for the recommended system requirements, as the minimum is not generally playable in-game.