Conclusion: It seems like forever since the last time I recommended an NVIDIA based video card over ATI in any market segment. NVIDIA usually did okay in the middle range, but this time there is absolutely no comparison. The 5700 UltraÂ handled the 9600XT in most tests, when regular resolutions and filtering were used . That is important, because the 9600XT keeps up just fine when 4xAA and 8X Aniso filtering are enabled.
Pros: Superior filtering quality and speed, Includes Half Life 2, Always room for improvement, as ATI works on drivers all the time, Low heat, no external power required, Good overclocking potential
Cons: Performance isn't up to the new par set by NVIDIA, Besides HL2, not much else bundled, Needs to go down 1 market segment to be viable