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Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review

Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review - PCSTATS
Abstract: We recently got the chance to take a look at Nvidia's latest graphics processor release, the FX5950 Ultra chip, as thoughtfully provided by Gigabyte in their GV-N595U video card.
 82% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 06 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3, Unreal Tournament 2003

AquaMark 2.3 Source: Massive

AquaMark is another DirectX 8 benchmark. Using vertex shaders, any card that is DirectX8 compatible will not just have a huge speed boost, the image will also look better. Default test has 24 MB worth of textures.

AquaMark 1024x768
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

105.5
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

99.3
3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 64
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 113.2
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 75.2
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 84.8
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 114
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 115.5

Aquamark 3's older sibling is a directX 8.1 benchmark. As you can see, the GV-N595U handily took the crown in this test, compared to the Radeon 9800 Pro.

AquaMark 1280x1024
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

81.1
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

71.2
3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 41.2
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 90.2
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 49.9
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 57.3
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 93.0
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 98.6

AquaMark 1600x1200
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

57.5
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

50.2

3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 28.8
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 67.5
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 35.6
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 41.4
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 69.9
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 75.9

Not surprising, as the older FX5900 also outperformed ATI's offerings in this arena. Notable stats here are again the Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra's lack of a significant advantage over the FX5900, and the decent boost that overclocking gave to performance when benchmarking at the higher resolutions.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 1024x768 Flyby
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

240.34
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

228.13
3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 159.47
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 239.03
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 155.97
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 181.53
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 241.96
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 243.30

UT2003 1024x768 Botmatch
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

83.67
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

83.45
3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 82.38
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 82.7
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 80.64
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 82.78
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 83.16
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 83.29

Another DirectX 8.1 benchmark. UT2K3 is substantially limited by the power of the CPU, as well as videocard performance, as evidenced in the uniform results of the 'botmatch' set of benchmarks.

UT2003 1600x1200 Flyby
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

135.99
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

118.13
3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 68.48
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 146.79
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 72.49
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 84.74
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 153.69
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 166.83

UT2003 1600x1200 Botmatch
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

80.38
2.

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

76.98
3. Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro 51.9
4. MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 80.28
5. Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra 50.75
6. MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X 59.48
7. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra 81.08
8. Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra (516/1020) 81.90

The FX5950 does manage to pull away from the Radeon 9800 Pro in the higher resolutions of the 'flyby' demo though.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-N595U
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review
 Pg 2.  The Nvidia FX5950 Ultra GPU
 Pg 3.  Alternative cooling solution
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the GV-N595U Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Code creatures, AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  — Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3, Unreal Tournament 2003
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 9.  Antialiasing and Anisotropic filtering Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AF
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AA+AF
 Pg 12.  Observations and conclusions

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