Browsing the web, it seems there are some interesting details regarding NVIDIA's next generation flagship GPU that popped up during CES. Tentatively dubbed the GeForce 7900, this GPU is rumored to be a 32-pipeline part that will run at an insane 700-750MHz core frequency! Most importantly, the "source" of the info also provided some rough performance estimates to shed further light on this new enthusiast card. Time will tell, though these numbers certainly seems worthy of getting excited over.
The flagship single-card product GeForce 7900 GTX is claimed to be a 32 pixel processor part with a core GPU frequency of 700/750 MHz, and should ship with 1.1ns graphics RAM clocked at 800/900MHz.
Pr0n starlets aren't normally noted for their mathematical prowess, so I was surprised to hear gentile chatter in the powder room to the effect that "with some simple math, the new part (GeForce 7900) would only have to run at circa 430MHz to roughly match the performance of the existing top line GeForce 7800 GTX 512". So even with NVIDIA's target core frequency of 700MHz, GeForce 7900 GTX seems set to be handing out some whipping.
The validity of this idle gossip was later confirmed after I pumped a humble partner for a little a bit of meat to go with my beans - the money-shot is that a 700MHz NVIDIA GeForce 7900 is currently coming in at circa 13,000 3DM2K5's on an AMD Athlon 64 FX 60 system.