A friend of mine went out and got the 9800 no pro at best buy...in hope that he might actually get the samsung memory chips...he did so he flashed the bios of the card and is running his non pro as a 9800 pro. I'm soon to do the same...he has had some heat issues..but is waiting for his order of memory heatsinks to come in to help resolve that issue.
Could not find a 1 to 1 comparisonn of the 9800 vs 9700 PRO. But doing some number estimating it looks like a negligilble speed difference. The direct comparison numbers I could find showed the 9800 PRO is only 10-15% faster than the straight 9800.
the 9700pro should outperform the 9800 non-pro... ever so slightly... the difference will be minimal... the 9700pro has higher default clocks than the 9800 non-pro.. which explains the performance gap..
9700pro == 325/310 core/memory
9800 non-pro == 325/290 IIRC... I may be a little off on that..