Can we see the xorg.conf used for this testing?
If the xorg.conf was modified, of course.
I've been running nouveau for a couple of months now on Gentoo/9800GT Low Power, it does everything I need for a desktop (KDE effects, video). I haven't tried video games yet. Very stable and plenty fast enough for desktop use.
What amuses me was that Nouveau was labeled "Beta" and Unstable all over the place, and works fine, while the production Radeon drivers crashed KDE all over the place for the past year with both an HD4250 and an HD4290- in multiple distro's.