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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT Performance Review
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Sunday, 30th May, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)


GPU/VPU Comparison

Here's a comparison of similar caliber and/or similarly priced GPUs/VPUs. Although the ATI RADEON 9800 is not a competitor to the GeForce FX 5900XT, it is added here just for comparison sake. From the GPU/VPU comparison, the RADEON 9600XT doesn't seem like a competitor to the GeForce FX 5900XT, but that's exactly the segment where NVIDIA is pitching their product. Oddly, the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra is in the same space with similar pricing, but NVIDIA had no comments with regards to its awkward pricing with respect to the GeForce FX 5900XT (though we know the reasons and were detailed in an earlier review). Take special note of the technical differences between the GeForce FX 5900XT and the more powerful but phased out GeForce FX 5900 as we present the results on the upcoming pages.

GPU / VPU Core Comparison
GPU/VPU NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 ATI RADEON 9600XT ATI RADEON 9800
Core Code NV35 NV35 NV36 NV30 RV360 R350
Manufacturing Process (microns) 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.15
Core Clock 390MHz 400MHz 475MHz 400MHz 500MHz 325MHz
Rendering (Pixel) Pipelines 8 8 4 8 4 8
Pixel Fill Rate (MPixels/s) 3,120 3,200 1,900 3,200 2,000 2,600
Texture Units per Pipeline 1 1 1 1 1 1
Peak Texture Fill Rate (Mtexels/s) 3,120 3,200 1,900 3,200 2,000 2,600
Vertex Shaders Array Array Array Array 2 4
Memory Clock 350MHz (700MHz DDR) 400MHz (800MHz DDR) 450MHz (900MHz DDR II) 400MHz (800MHz DDR II) 300MHz (600MHz DDR) 290MHz (580MHz DDR)
DDR Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 22.4GB/s 25.6GB/s 14.4GB/s 12.8GB/s 9.6GB/s 18.6GB/s
ATI SMARTSHADER - - - - 2.0 2.1
ATI SMOOTHVISION - - - - 2.1 2.1
ATI HYPER Z - - - - III+ III+
ATI TRUEFORM - - - - 2.0 2.0
NVIDIA LMA II Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
NVIDIA CineFX Engine 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 - -
NVIDIA Intellisample technology Yes with HCT Yes with HCT Yes with HCT Yes - -
Pixel Shader Support 2.0+ 2.0+ 2.0+ 2.0+ 2.0 2.0
Vertex Shader Support 2.0+ 2.0+ 2.0+ 2.0+ 2.0 2.0
DirectX Support Up to DirectX 9.0 Up to DirectX 9.0 Up to DirectX 9.0 Up to DirectX 9.0 Up to DirectX 9.0 Up to DirectX 9.0
FSAA Mode Multi Sampling(up to 8x) Multi Sampling(up to 8x) Multi Sampling(up to 8x) Multi Sampling(up to 8x) Multi Sampling(Up to 6x) Multi Sampling(Up to 6x)
Anisotropic filtering Modes Up to 8x Up to 8x Up to 8x Up to 8x Up to 16x Up to 16x
Other Features
  • NView
  • DVC 3.0
  • Support for NVIDIA Cg
  • NView
  • DVC 3.0
  • Support for NVIDIA Cg
  • NView
  • DVC 3.0
  • Support for NVIDIA Cg
  • NView
  • DVC 3.0
  • Support for NVIDIA Cg
  • VideoShader
  • HYDRAVISION
  • VideoShader
  • HYDRAVISION
    • RAMDAC Dual 400MHz Dual 400MHz Dual 400MHz Dual 400MHz Dual 400MHz Dual 400MHz
      TV Output Int., 1024x768 Int., 1024x768 Int., 1024x768 Int., 1024x768 Int., 1024x768 Int., 1024x768
      TMDS transmitter optional optional Int. 165MHz optional Int. 165MHz Int. 165MHz
      AGP speed 8x 8x 8x 8x 8x 8x
      AGP bus Compatibility AGP 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0 AGP 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0 AGP 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0 AGP 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0 AGP 3.0 and 2.0 AGP 3.0 and 2.0

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