The card you are talking about is nearly a decade old and from well before ATI was bought by AMD back in '06... doesn't make sense to hold a grudge that long imo especially if it means avoiding a product that better fits your needs.
Oh no I am not holding a grudge, just wary. Every ATI card I had in the old days had really bad drivers (Rage Pro, 9600 Pro) etc. I need a very stable system. I cannot have BSOD in the middle of working. I need to be sure before I invest in 3 monitors and a 6970 card. That is at least $800.
Eyefinity is a good tech. If it works then I will be a happy camper.