I think most of you guys miss the point. Pipelines don't make the card, it's a combination of pieplines, memory clock speed, core clock speed, amount of memory, and, the new factor, dual GPUing (if that's what you wish to call it)
I read an article, I posted it in the ATi vs nVidia thread as well, that shows how ONE X1800XT performs against TWO 7800GTxs. The comparison was interesting, because the 7800GTX barely beat it, and that, at least from what I was reading, was TWO 7800GTXs vs ONE X1800XT.
The speed on the X1800 is better then the 7800GTX. As we can see from these links...
The X1800XT has 64 bit image floating, 7800GTX only supports up to 32 bit image floating.
The X1800XT has GDDR4, yes that's right GDDR4
. The 7800GTX has GDDR3.
The X1800XL has clock speeds of 500/1000, the 7800GTX has 450/1200, and this is the XL model, not the XT model...
I think you can see that although dispite the fact that it has less pixel pipelines, it still can beat the 7800GTX in a wide variety of catagories.
But I could careless, I'd be happy owning either of them!!!