Among the less powerful mainstream cards we have tested ATI RADEON 9800 PRO and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900/5900 XT.
Here, it is easy to make a judgment: the ATI RADEON 9800 PRO wins an overwhelming majority of tests. The GeForce FX 5900/5900 XT, like the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, are representatives of the GeForce FX architecture which cannot work fast with pixel shaders and has problems with texture filtering and anti-aliasing.
Those who are ready to part with a sum of $175-210 can take a RADEON 9800 PRO which is sufficient even for modern games. A card on the GeForce FX 5900 or 5900 XT GPU would cost you the same money, but they are only good rivals to the RADEON 9600 XT.
We regard cards priced up to $150 as belonging to this class. These are ATI RADEON 9500/9600 PRO/XT and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra.
Such graphics cards cost the same money today, about $150. The RADEON 9500 PRO and 9600 XT are, however, speedier overall, being effective with pixel shaders and having a more perfect architecture.