XFX GeForceFX 5900 Graphics Card

128MB - MPN: PVT35KNA
Product Details
Description
The cinematic computing revolution continues with the introduction of the most powerful members of the NVIDIAGeForce FX family-the GeForce FX 5900 graphics processing units (GPUs). Architected for blazing speeds and delivering unmatched visual quality, the GeForce FX 5900 GPUs ignite PC gaming. The second-generation Intellisample high-resolution compression technology (HCT) delivers the highest-quality antialiasing for ultra-realistic visuals with no jagged edges. And, powered by the second-generation NVIDIA CineFX 2.0 engine with the industry's only true 128-bit precision processing--the GeForce FX 5900 GPUs take cinematic-quality special effects to new levels while providing the industry's most compatible and reliable gaming platform.
Quick Glance
Slot/Port Type AGP 8x
Video Chipset GeForce 5900
Interface Connection DVI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes
Functionality 2 Monitors
normalized-Installed Video Memory 128
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member jzut - Dec 31, 2003   

Strengths: Excellent performance at a somewhat reasonable cost, easy installation, uses standard NVIDIA drivers, supports 3D shutter glasses.

Weakness: No longer top of the heap in performance, no video capture.

This is a great price to performance card for those who need some real video processing power. The performance charts show a significant advantage of the original 5900 over the 5700 chipset, yet the price difference can be pretty small depending on the deals you find. Of course, I can't validate the performance comparison as I'm sure my results would have felt about the same had I gone with the 5700 chipset card. This card replaced a GF2-GTS card and revitalized an AMD XP1800+ system. The old GF2 had reached its limits with some of the newer games. The resolution setting can now be pumped up to the max, and extra game features have been turned on again while maintaining smooth gameplay. While the 128MB may eventually be a problem as the games become bigger and badder, right now it is sufficient even when games are loaded up with BOTS and such. I'm sure I'll find a choke point along the way, but you have to balance expectations with the price you're willing to pay. One reason I didn't go with an ATI card is the apparent lack of support for the ATI cards to run 3D LCD shutter glasses (At least I haven't been able to easily find any mention of support). Even though the glasses are not regularly used, it sure is nice to be able to run the games and experience the excellent 3D effect! Since NVIDIA keeps their drivers standard and up to date, you won't have to worry the individual company keeping up with drivers, and the 3D glasses support stays current too.

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5 Star Review   By member vidmar - Dec 15, 2003   

Strengths: Great low cost, Cheapest FX5900 there is! Excellent design. Excellent driver. Excells at over-clocking. Did I say price?!!!

Weakness: Manufacturer documentation, hard copy and web. Lack of detailed specs. Still slower than 9800 Pro.

I've been an nVidia user for a long time ever since the TNT days. I've been mulling over an upgrade from a TI4400 to a newer card. After some research I chose this FX5900 from XFX. The price is the bar far the best there is for a DX9 generation card. The FX5900's GPU runs at 400Mhz and the memory run at 800Mhz. Versus the FX5900 Ultra that run at 450/850. But you can easily over-clock this card to Ultra specs and beyond. Don't over estimate the capability of this card though. Even over-clocked at Ultra speeds, this card won't compete head-to-head with ATI Radeon 9800 Pro cards. But for close to $100 less than the cheapest 9800 Pro, I still like the price/performance ratio of the XFX FX5900. Not to mention the much superior drivers that nVidia offers over ATI. Great card at a Fantastic price!

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Product Details
Description
The cinematic computing revolution continues with the introduction of the most powerful members of the NVIDIAGeForce FX family-the GeForce FX 5900 graphics processing units (GPUs). Architected for blazing speeds and delivering unmatched visual quality, the GeForce FX 5900 GPUs ignite PC gaming. The second-generation Intellisample high-resolution compression technology (HCT) delivers the highest-quality antialiasing for ultra-realistic visuals with no jagged edges. And, powered by the second-generation NVIDIA CineFX 2.0 engine with the industry's only true 128-bit precision processing--the GeForce FX 5900 GPUs take cinematic-quality special effects to new levels while providing the industry's most compatible and reliable gaming platform.
Quick Glance
Slot/Port Type AGP 8x
Video Chipset GeForce 5900
Interface Connection DVI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes
Functionality 2 Monitors
normalized-Installed Video Memory 128
Summary
Product Title XFX GeForceFX 5900 Graphics Card
Manufacturer XFX
Power Score 4.5 | 2 Reviews
Memory
Installed Video Memory: 128 MB
Memory Technology: DDR SDRAM
Compatibility
System Type: PC
System Requirements: Pentium III/4/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Duron AGP 2.0 or later AGP slot 128MB of system memory Installation software requires CD-ROM drive minimum 300W system power supply An available hard disk drive power dongle (smaller floppy disk drive connector is not sufficient). DVD playback requires DVD drive Recommended: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP AGP 3.0 Slot
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Chipset Line: GeForce
Analog Signal: Yes
Bus Width: 256 bit
RAMDAC Speed: 400 MHz
Dual RAMDAC: Yes
AGP Support: AGP 8X
Color Depth at Maximum Resolution: 16.7 Million Colors (24-bit)
Type of Video Card: 2D/3D Video w/TV Support
RAMDAC Speed: 400 MHz
Max Resolution: 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 2048 x 1536, 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Chipset Series: FX
Number of VGA Output: 1
Brand Name: XFX
Number of DVI Output: 1
Frequency Band: Textures per pixel (max in a single rendering pass) with 8 textures applied per clock: 16Graphics Core: 256-bitOperating systems support:Microsoft Windows 95Microsoft Windows 98Microsoft Windows 2000Microsoft Windows MEMicrosoft Windows NT 4Microsoft Windows XPLinuxDisplay support:Register compatible with VGAVideo out Module enabling big-screen gaming, digital timeshifting VCR, and video-editing applicationsFeatures:CineFX EngineIntellisample TechnologyHigh-Precision GraphicsUltraShadow TechnologynView Multi-display TechnologyUnified Driver Architecture (UDA)Digital Vibrance Control (DVC)Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Optimizations and SupportOpenGL 1.4 Optimizations and Support0.13 Micron Process TechnologyArchitected for Cg
Shipping Weight: 2.50 lb
Digital Signal: Yes
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member jzut - Dec 31, 2003   

Strengths: Excellent performance at a somewhat reasonable cost, easy installation, uses standard NVIDIA drivers, supports 3D shutter glasses.

Weakness: No longer top of the heap in performance, no video capture.

This is a great price to performance card for those who need some real video processing power. The performance charts show a significant advantage of the original 5900 over the 5700 chipset, yet the price difference can be pretty small depending on the deals you find. Of course, I can't validate the performance comparison as I'm sure my results would have felt about the same had I gone with the 5700 chipset card. This card replaced a GF2-GTS card and revitalized an AMD XP1800+ system. The old GF2 had reached its limits with some of the newer games. The resolution setting can now be pumped up to the max, and extra game features have been turned on again while maintaining smooth gameplay. While the 128MB may eventually be a problem as the games become bigger and badder, right now it is sufficient even when games are loaded up with BOTS and such. I'm sure I'll find a choke point along the way, but you have to balance expectations with the price you're willing to pay. One reason I didn't go with an ATI card is the apparent lack of support for the ATI cards to run 3D LCD shutter glasses (At least I haven't been able to easily find any mention of support). Even though the glasses are not regularly used, it sure is nice to be able to run the games and experience the excellent 3D effect! Since NVIDIA keeps their drivers standard and up to date, you won't have to worry the individual company keeping up with drivers, and the 3D glasses support stays current too.

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5 Star Review   By member vidmar - Dec 15, 2003   

Strengths: Great low cost, Cheapest FX5900 there is! Excellent design. Excellent driver. Excells at over-clocking. Did I say price?!!!

Weakness: Manufacturer documentation, hard copy and web. Lack of detailed specs. Still slower than 9800 Pro.

I've been an nVidia user for a long time ever since the TNT days. I've been mulling over an upgrade from a TI4400 to a newer card. After some research I chose this FX5900 from XFX. The price is the bar far the best there is for a DX9 generation card. The FX5900's GPU runs at 400Mhz and the memory run at 800Mhz. Versus the FX5900 Ultra that run at 450/850. But you can easily over-clock this card to Ultra specs and beyond. Don't over estimate the capability of this card though. Even over-clocked at Ultra speeds, this card won't compete head-to-head with ATI Radeon 9800 Pro cards. But for close to $100 less than the cheapest 9800 Pro, I still like the price/performance ratio of the XFX FX5900. Not to mention the much superior drivers that nVidia offers over ATI. Great card at a Fantastic price!

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