The idea behind the "WiseFan II" system is that two fans are always
running, with one as a backup. If one fan fails, the third kicks in as a backup.
With the second generation we find on the Albatron FX5700U, the system now
adapts to temperatures by starting the third fan up if GPU temperatures rise
above 56 degrees Celsius.
The large aluminum heatsink
not only cools the NV36 core, but four adjacent Samsung DDR-II BGA DRAM modules.
The memory on the rear of the card is cooled by two smaller aluminum heatsinks.
It should be noted that even with all three fans spinning, the Albatron
GeForceFX 5700 Ultra remained very quiet. Albatron a noise level of just
25dB, which is less noisy than an 80mm Sunon 40 cfm case fan as one
Albatron's GeForceFX 5700 Ultra package includes an
S-Video cable, composite cable, and S-Video to Composite adaptor.
A full version of Duke Nukem MP, a five game demo CD and a full copy of
WinDVD are also thrown in for good measure.
trend among manufacturers to include better software bundles, it's a shame to see
a more impressive gaming bundle wasn't offered. No DVI-to-Analog
adaptor was included, which means you'll have to buy one of your own if you intend to
use this card in a dual CRT configuration.
GeForceFX class videocards to have come across PCstats' test bench, the NV36 GPU uses no
the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra core to come in direct contact with the
heatsink is a better idea when it comes down to raw thermals, but if
you're in the habit of swapping out the stock cooling systems for an after market cooler please be very
components soldered to the FCPGA package can get knocked off very easily, which would be
core is built on 0.13 micron manufacturing technology and has a whopping 82
million transistors packed into
that small slice of silicon. While the FX5700 Ultra is technically based on the GeForceFX5900/5950
core, it really only uses half the rendering pipelines like the FX5600U.
The FX5700 Ultra core runs at a very speedy 475 MHz, while the non-Ultra
GPU clocks in slightly slower, at 425 MHz.
The 128MB of Samsung K4N26323AE-GC22 DDR_II DRAM runs at its maximum speed
of 900 MHz (450 MHz DDR). The 128 bit memory controller on the GeForceFX
5700 Ultra has 14.4 GB/s of memory bandwidth. This is up slightly from the 12.8 GB/s of
the GeForceFX 5600 Ultra, and much more than the Radeon 9600XT which only uses a paltry