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nVIDIA Reference GeForceFX 5900 Ultra Review

nVIDIA Reference GeForceFX 5900 Ultra Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: While nVIDIA still needs to work on improving their image quality, the NV35 aka GeForceFX 5900 Ultra has certainly brought them back into contention with ATi for the performance crown.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Nvidia Aug 22 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Nvidia FX 5900 Ultra

Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Pentium 4 2.8 GHz

Clock Speed:

21 x 133 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards:

MSI GNB MAX-FISR

Chipsets:

E7205

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro (380/680)
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (325/620)
MSI NBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra (450/850)
Albatron GeForceFX 5900PV (400/850)
MSI G4Ti4600-TD (300/650)
nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra (450/850)

nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra (500/938)

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed.
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.10.1012
Catalyst 3.5
Detonator 44.03

Workstation Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
3DMark03
AquaMark
CodeCreatures
Commanche 4
Gun Metal 2
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
UT2003

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

3DMark2001SE Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 16417
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

15565
3. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 15870
4. Albatron GeForceFX 5900PV 15548
5. MSI G4Ti4600-TD 13910
6. nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra 15879
7. nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra (500/938) 16170

At stock speeds we see that the nVIDIA GeForceFX Ultra performs on par with the MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra. Even when overclocked it performs lower than the Radeon 9800 Pro at stock.

3DMark03 Source: FutureMark

This new accurate diagnostic tool, designed for DirectX9.0, provides you with all the information you need to make informed hardware assessments. Havok Total real-time physics library from Havok - these routines are used to accurately model the movements of objects due to forces, etc. FMOD sound library from Firelight Technologies - these are used for the various sound effects and routines used in the tests. Graphics adapter analysis software from Powerstrip of Entech Taiwan - this is used to correctly determine the speeds of the graphics processing and video memory chips, plus supply additional hardware information. Higher 3DMark03 scores denote better performance.

3DMark03 Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

5613
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

4998
3. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 4818
4. Albatron GeForceFX 5900PV 4326
5. MSI G4Ti4600-TD 1924
6. nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra 4735
7. nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra (500/938) 5058

With 3DMark03, we again see all FX5900 Ultra based videocards perform lower than the year old ATi Radeon 9700 Pro!

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Contents of Article: Nvidia FX 5900 Ultra
 Pg 1.  nVIDIA Reference GeForceFX 5900 Ultra Review
 Pg 2.  Cooling the 5900 Ultra
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AA
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AF
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena /w AA+AF
 Pg 12.  Nvidia kicks up the speed

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