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The bottom line is simple: the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics card is the new king of the hill. In our assessment, only 2 out of 24 tests (games and settings) went to ATI. This launch is shipping in volume, so system builders, retailers and E-Tailers have product on shelf today, which is a credit to the corporation from Santa Clara. The card is just in time for the holiday shopping season, so you better work at getting back on the "nice" list!
For the sake of the consumer, we hope that ATI has something to pull out of its stocking soon. The competition from NVIDIA, and its aggressive approach to filling every price point with a strong product, is great for the consumer, at least right now. But without an opponent in the ring, the champion has a tendency to slack on training. Boxing fans get bored with staged match ups, and we as hardware buyers get boring products when there isn't someone on the heels of the leader. ATI did this to NVIDIA and knocked it down. But the true caliber of NVIDIA was forced to rise and shine they have. Now we wait to see what ATI's response will be.