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Albatron Trinity PC5900 PCI Express Videocard Review

Albatron Trinity PC5900 PCI Express Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With high end PCI Express videocards in short supply, those of you looking for the best performance may want to cast an eye towards nVIDIA's GeForcePCX 5900 series.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Albatron Aug 19 2004   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the videocard...

When we removed the heatsink off the core we were greeted by a GeForceFX 5900 XT core. I was surprised our sample was labelled wrong, nVIDIA is usually more tidy than this.

As you are probably already aware, nVIDIA has implemented a form of clock throttling on their GPUs to prevent any instances of overheating. The down side to this technology is that it certainly make overclocking a much more difficult task.... Still, we pressed on to find out just how far the Albatron Trinity PC5900 would go.

With the core clocked at 350 MHz by default, I was hoping that the Trinity PC5900 would be able to at least reach GeForceFX 5900/5950 Ultra speeds. To find out, the first thing I did was boost the core speed to 400 MHz. The next boost pushed the core of the Trinity PC5900 to 450 MHz, and things were still running fine.... that is until I hit the "Test Settings" button. The system greeted me with a nice blue screen. I guess I should be a bit more gentle with my overclocking huh? ;-)

After dropping the speed back down it turned out that 418 MHz was the maximum stable speed we could run the core at. A bit disappointing, but then again when it comes to overclocking anything above stock speeds is a bonus.

The Trinity PC5900's Hynix 2.8ns memory is clocked at 550 MHz by default, so we inched up a few MHz at a time towards the 600 MHz mark. In the end, the memory capped off at 582 MHz. While this isn't the best we've seen, it isn't too bad.

We were also pleased to see that both the core and memory of the Albatron Trinity PC5900 played nicely together while overclocked. A couple other nVIDIA videocards we've tested in the past didn't like having both core and memory running while overclocked to the maximum frequency.

PCStats Test System Specs:
System 1 System 2
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 540

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte 8ANXP-D, i925X

Gigabyte 8KNXP, i875P

Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D
MSI PCX5750-TD128
Albatron Trinity PC5900

ATi Radeon 9800XT
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro
Asus Radeon 9600XT
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128
MSI FX5900U-VTD256
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128
AOpen GeForceFX 5900XT

Memory:

2x 256MB Crucial PC4300 DDR2

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed 40GB WD Special Ed
CDROM: MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Forceware 60.85

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 3.9
Detonator 53.03

Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
CodeCreatures
AquaMark
AquaMark3
Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat
UT2003

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
X2 The Threat
UT2003

The AGP and PCI-E systems are different, but the results are being included for reference.

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.

3DMark2001 - Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 19073
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 18762

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

17430
Asus Radeon A9600XT 13604
Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V 14570
MSI RX600XT-TD128 14222
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128 17582
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 17274
Albatron GeForceFX 5700 Ultra 15165
MSI PCX5750-TD128 12247
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D 12310
Albatron Trinity PC5900 15087
Albatron Trinity PC5900 (418/582) 15901

The Albatron Trinity PC5900 does fairly well here in 3DMark, considering it's a mainstream videocard. It scores just higher than the X600XT which is pretty good.

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Contents of Article: Albatron PC5900
 Pg 1.  Albatron Trinity PC5900 PCI Express Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the videocard...
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Advanced 3DMark2001 tests
 Pg 8.  Advanced Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003

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