I finally upgraded my drivers to ati's latest..I find a nice performance boost over the
8.476's fps is up doing a few quick rounds of UT2k4 lowest was 83 highest was in the 200's.

glxgears is up without the previous 1k dips
[larry@Tardis-1 ~]$ glxinfo
name of display: :0.0
display: :0 screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
[larry@Tardis-1 ~]$ glxgears
44767 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8953.278 FPS
44688 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8937.491 FPS
44693 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8938.566 FPS
44688 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8937.539 FPS
44695 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8938.991 FPS
44684 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8936.670 FPS
44692 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8938.289 FPS
44696 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8939.011 FPS
44702 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8940.252 FPS
[larry@Tardis-1 ~]$ fgl_glxgears
Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
8967 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1793.400 FPS
9942 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1988.400 FPS
9937 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1987.400 FPS
[larry@Tardis-1 ~]$ fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON X800 PRO
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7979 Release

Vid playback is ok using VLC ..best ATI drivers I've used in quite a while keepers for me
Nice job ATI..

I'll try 3D desktop and wine tomorrow. Using Mandriva 2008.0 i586