The reigning kings of consumer graphics are none other than ATI's Radeon X1900 XTX and NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB. Both were released this year though with the gradually shortening refresh cycle in the graphics industry, it's hard to say how long these cards would stay at the top. For the moment however, the successors to these cards are still in their infancy so if you are looking for the best, there are only two viable choices.
This jockeying for pole position at the top is especially crucial for both sides as the high-end flagship products are the glamour pusses of graphics. Not many can afford or bear to pay the high price of entry and so ogling from the sidelines is the closest equivalent. While ATI's Radeon X1900 XTX holds a certain technological advantage in specific settings, it loses out to the GeForce 7900 GTX in other equally important factors like heat output and power consumption. Meanwhile, the performance of both cards are quite competitive, as you can see from our previous review here that the lead exchanged hands depending on the benchmark or game tested. The only constant between them is that they will both set you back by almost US$500.
So which card to choose if you have US$500 or so to spend? For those leaning towards the green team thanks to its more power efficient architecture (a growing concern what with higher energy prices), the usual vendors have their own versions available for some time now and Inno3D, another of NVIDIA's many authorized board partners have graced us with its GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB. Here's a look at the package and its technical specifications: