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Eight-Way GeForce FX 5900XT Shootout
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 11th June, 2004


Following our NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT performance review, we didn't quite want our readers to lose sleep over which graphics card model to purchase. To ease your burden in selecting the right candidate, we gathered a large variety of branded cards from various vendors - a total of eight GeForce FX 5900XT graphics cards from manufacturers like Albatron, AOpen, Chaintech, Gainward, Gigabyte, Leadtek, MSI and PixelView.

We'll get right to them, but first, we detail the common specifications for all the GeForce FX 5900XT graphics cards in the table below.

Common Technical Specifications for NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT GFX Cards
Graphics Engine
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT GPU
  • High Precision 3D Rendering Engine
    • 8 pixels per clock rendering engine
    • Full 128-bit Precision Graphics Pipeline
    • Native support for 128-bit / 64-bit floating point and 32-bit integer rendering modes
    • Up to 16 textures per pass
  • CineFX 2.0 Engine
    • Advanced Pixel Shaders allow floating-point pixel shader operations to run 2x faster than CineFX 1.0 Engine.
    • Support for DX 9.0 Pixel Shader 2.0+
    • Support for DX 9.0 Vertex Shader 2.0+
    • Very long pixel programs up to 1024 instructions
    • Very long vertex programs with up to 256 static instructions and up to 65536 instructions executed before termination
    • Subroutines in shader programs
    • Dynamic flow control
    • Procedural shading
    • Z-correct bump-mapping
    • Hardware-accelerated shadow effects with shadow buffers
    • UltraShadow Technology to accelerate shadow  computations
    • Two-sided stencil
    • Keyframe animation
    • Programmable matrix palette skinning
    • Custom lens effects: fish eye, wide angle,fresnel effects, water refraction
  • Intellisample HCT Technology
    • Loss-less Color Compression and Z Compression (up to 4:1 ratio in real time)
    • Fast Z-clear
    • Adaptive texture filtering
    • Dynamic Gamma Correction
    • Fast antialiasing and compression performance
    • High Compression Technology (HCT) increases visual quality at high resolutions with fast performance
  • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
  • Video Mixing Renderer (VMR)
  • DVD and HDTV-ready MPEG-2 decoding up to 1920x1080i resolutions
  • Dual DVO ports for interfacing to external TMDS transmitters and external HDTV encoders
  • Support for dual-link DVI with resolutions support of 1600x1200.
  • High-performance 2D rendering engine
  • Digital Vibrance Control 3.0 (DVC)
  • nView Multi-display Technology
  • Default clock speed in 2D environment: 300/700 MHz (core/DDR memory)
  • Default clock speed in 3D environment: 390/700 MHZ (core/DDR memory)
  • 256-bit  memory interface
  • 22.4GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
  • AGP 8X including fast writes and sideband addressing
  • Advanced thermal monitoring and thermal management
Graphics Memory
  • 128MB DDR SDRAM of 350MHz clock rate (effective speed of 700MHz DDR)
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs that support resolutions of 2048x1536@85Hz
Video Decoder / Encoder
  • GPU integrated NTSC/PAL TV Encoder support resolutions up to 1024x768 with built-in Macrovision copy protection
  • Video decoder by optional 3rd party ASIC part.
  • 1x analog RGB connector
  • 1x mini-DIN connector or S-Video (for Video-out)
  • 1x DVI-I connector (for Digital Flat Panel displays)
  • Driver support for Microsoft Windows 95/98/98SE/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP, Linux IA32 / IA64 / AMD64 and FreeBSD
  • NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Fully compliant OpenGL 1.5 API and lower suport
  • Complete DirectX support including 9.0 and lower
Other Information
  • AGP 2.0/3.0 slot required
  • 1 PCI-assigned IRQ Required
  • 1 four-pin power connector

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