Originally Posted by bloke
I haven't used an ATI card with Maya, but this forum and other CG related forums are full of issues with ATI cards causing Maya viewport and menu glitches. You can get by with an ATI card, but even the non-approved consumer Nvidia cards are supposed to do a much better job than the ATI alternatives. Nvidia has always been stronger in Open GL support and that's what you need for Maya.
There's no question that you should go with the 9860. Please give us a review with your comments on Maya performance when you get your order.
If the German hints are close to true, it's also possibly 25-30%+ faster than the Mobility Radeon 9800. I'm not sure if that's overlocked or not, though.