HardOCP has the first review I've seen of NVIDIA's new GeForce FX 5600 Ultra, whose core and memory clock speeds have been bumped up to 400MHz. Overall, the card's performance looks impressive; NVIDIA may finally have a worthy competitor for ATI's Radeon 9500 and 9600 Pro.
Despite being a better performer in most current games, the new GeForce FX 5600 Ultra consistently trails ATI's mid-range Radeons in synthetic feature tests and in Splinter Cell. Since Splinter Cell makes extensive use of pixel shaders, I'm a little wary of how the new GeForce FX 5600 will handle future applications that make more extensive use of the DirectX 9 feature set. I'll have to smuggle one of these into the underground benchmarking sweatshop for some more extensive testing.
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