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NVIDIA's Mainstream Resurrection

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

It seems like NVIDIA has
had better years. Despite very strong support in their nForce2 product line
and subsequent updates, their graphics products
have been
lacking the same enthusiasm amoung the technically savvy. For whatever reason
(I'm sure many of you can make a whole list of reasons!), the GeForce FX
series product line failed to ignite the spark NVIDIA has enjoyed since introducing
the original TNT
card.

Today NVIDIA is releasing
their FX5700 Ultra and FX5950 Ultra graphics card. As their names suggest,
they are products aimed at the upper mainstream and enthusiast
markets respectively. The promotional material we have read and the talks we
have had with NVIDIA would suggest that the company is attempting to refocus
their product's value and performance. I would almost say that there's a hint
of humility in their attitude right now, but perhaps I'm just reading too
much into things? ;)

Today we will be taking
a preliminary look at the FX5700 Ultra. Due to time constraints,
today's article is classified as a "Preview" of the FX5700 Ultra.
A more in-depth review that many of you are familiar with (complete with
more benchmarks
and touchy-feely comments by me) will be available shortly.

  FX5950
Ultra

FX5900
Ultra

FX5700
Ultra
FX5600
Ultra
FX5600
Memory
(MB)
256 256 128 128 128
Memory
Interface (bits)
256 256 128 128 128
Memory
Type
DDR-I DDR-I DDR-II DDR-I DDR-I
Memory
Bandwidth (GB/s)
30.4 27.2 14.4 12.8 11.2
Manufacturing
Process (microns)
0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13
Core
Clock (MHz)
475 450 475 400 270
Memory
Clock (MHz)
475 425 450 400 275
Street
Price (USD)
~$500 ~$370 under
$200
~$160 ~$130
Category
Range
Highest Highest Mid Mid Mid

In addition to the differences in specs, the FX5700 Ultra sports some other
changes notably:

  • First 0.13u NVIDIA GPU made from IBM's fab
  • DDR-II support

According to the press
kit from NVIDIA, the sum of improvements should give the FX5700 Ultra a 3-fold
performance boost over the FX5600. Of course
all this information looks nice on paper, but how does it perform in
reality?
Are there enough changes made to the FX5700 Ultra to win back customers? Is
NVIDIA successful in revitalizing their mainstream product? Ultimately, should
you even consider this product in your next upgrade?

Today you will likely read
a lot of other articles showcasing the FX5700 Ultra, and hopefully our
first-look of the product will give you the perspective that you've
come to expect from AMDMB.com.

 

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