2d: Not yet, getting much better though. I've seen G-Series, Parhelia, 9700Pro running on the same monitor/machine and Parhelia was definitely the sharpest. I'd say though, that my G400Max was still better than 9700Pro.
Drivers: Not so sure about ATI's, as I don't have as much experience with them. I can still vouch for Matrox having very solid drivers, and the best tech support in the industry.