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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.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 06 2004   M. Dowler  
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Observations and conclusions

Judged on its own merits, the GV-N595U is an excellent gaming card. On our test system here at PCstats, and on a second, less powerful system (Athlon XP 3000+), the Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra delivered a smooth gaming experience with maximum graphics options enabled on Halo and Max Payne 2, among other recent games.

We experienced no stability issues whatsoever, image quality was admirable and we have no hesitation recommending the card purely on its ability to enhance your gaming.

As for whether the Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra line of cards is worth the extra cash when compared to the Radeon 9800 Pro, that's a different value judgment entirely. The Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra does offer enhanced performance over the Radeon 9800 Pro, especially with overclocking, but unfortunately in almost every test where it exceeded the Radeon 9800 Pro, its FX5900 sibling did also.

This begs the question of whether it is worth paying the premium for a slight performance advantage. We will have to wait and see how the Radeon 9800XT performs in our test lab before the balance between these few cards is completely clear.

Currently the bias in the hardware community is towards ATI, what with the performance advantage they have been enjoying over the last few months and the continuing minor scandal over Nvidia's 3Dmark 2003 optimizations.On the other hand, I can say that my experience with this Gigabyte/Nvidia product was completely positive, which means a fair bit (well, to me at least).

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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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