Yeah although performance-wise I think the X850XT is a little above the 7600GT (and features-wise a little below), I'd have to agree anoobis. Firingsquad got higher framerates in Oblivion with FSAA & bloom with the X800XL compared to the 7600GT, but I'd think there are very few other situations where the XL would outperform the the 7600GT. Now the 7600GS is another story. Anyway, features and performance would put the 7600GT on top.
What are the prices? X850XT has been under $100 AR, about as low the cheapest XL's.
I took too long searching digit-lifes charts for a comparison. Seems they took the XL out of the newest few charts, so no direct comparison (just 7600GT vs x850xt vs x800gto) Going back to Dec 2005, all the X8xx's are in there.
After all of the fuss that was made over these two cards I decided to have 7600GT=X850XT tattoo'd on my a$$ to serve as a reminder. Unfortunately when I look at it in the mirror I see TX058X=TG0067 followed by what could a period but is probably a wart.
I was kinda hoping someone would have some shocking revelation for me, but it seems like my gut was about right in the first place on the cards. I was always planning on the 7600GT, but then I saw the 800XL for cheap and I dont mind downgrading a little to save a few bucks. I can get the 800XL for about $140, while the 7600GT's are probably in the $180-200 range depending on the brand and deal (all prices in CAD), which to me makes me think they are probably a toss up as far as price/performance goes. Im tempted to maybe just get the 800XL and then maybe invest in the next gen's 7600GT equiv down the road...