Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Introduction
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - SpecificationsSpecifications of the N595UChipsetnVidia GeforceFX 5950 Ultra GPUMemory Size256MBMemory Type256bit DDR2Cooling SystemVented External Cooling SystemMemory CoolingLinked RAMsinks actively cooled by GPU FanVideo InterfaceDVI, CRT, TV OutputSoftwareTomb RaiderRaven ShieldWill RockPower DVD 5.0Power Director 2.55
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - FeaturesFeatures of the N595U- Package and Contentsfirst look at the 5950 reference card we were a bit surprised by the fact that the core was labelled 5900 Ultra. Now we see why. The package the GPU is encased in is identical to the 5900 Ultra. This means that it was just as simple for nVidia to use the 5900 GPU package for the 5950 core. This new revision has been marked properly and we are pleased to say performs above the reference design with some work by the folks at Gigabyte.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03Test System SetupProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz (800MHz FSB) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)Memory: 2x Kingmax 256MB DDR-400 (Supplied by Kingmax Australia)Hard Disk: Western Digital WD80 7,200 RPM (Supplied by Techbuy)Motherboard: Gigabyte 8KNXP (Supplied by Gigabyte)Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1Drivers: nVidia DetonatorFX 52.16Older nVidia drivers were used because we no longer have the nVidia reference card in our labs. Our apologies!3DMark033DMark 20003 is the latest instalment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 9 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce FX and ATI Radeon 9800), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Code CreaturesCode CreaturesCode Creatures is a Synthetic benchmark based on Direct X 8 which gives users the chance to see another highly involved benchmark program. Focusing on 2 elements Grass and Water video cards are stressed to the limit resulting in quite low scoring benchmarks. Users get to see a more intensive side of DirectX 8 thanks to the engine behind Code Creatures.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Comanche 4Comanche 4Comanche 4 is a helicopter simulation using the DirectX 8.1 graphics interface. It is used to test the memory and 3D sub systems of a motherboard and video processor. Any weaknesses will show up through this intensive benchmark.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Quake 3 ArenaQuake 3 ArenaQuake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III is getting very old, but is still the best way of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Aquamark3Aquamark3Aquamark3 is Massive Development's latest creation. This is the first time we have actually used any Aquamark benchmarks in our reviews. Aquamark3 is designed to run on the new DirectX 9 API's.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Halo PC - Combat EvolvedHalo PC - Combat EvolvedHalo is another real world game/benchmark that is based on DirectX 9 API's.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Jedi Knight IIJedi Knight IIJedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is an OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has much improved graphics over its predecessor. It fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003 continues the success that Unreal Tournament generated as an online game and benchmark. UT2003 pulls all of its weight onto the 3D and memory subsystems, pushing graphics reality to the maximum is its game, and you need some serious power to gain playable scores with this game.
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - Benchmarks - High DetailHigh DetailAll tests were run with 4 times FSAA and 16 times Antistrophic Filtering enabled with the screen resolution set to 1024 X 768 @ 32 Bit.When running these aggressive detail settings in 1600 x 1200, games really do become unplayable and if people are after image quality they will have to drop the resolution back down to reach playable levels. 1024x768 was chosen as it is still the preferred playable resolution with these settings enabled.Aquamark3
Gigabyte 5950 Ultra - ConclusionConclusionIt has been hard for us to get excited by an nVidia card for quite some time. However, both 5950 and 5700 based cards seem to be doing a good job, and competition between ATI and nVidia gives us more of a chance of picking up a card at a cheaper price with plenty of power to boot as they both battle it out for number one spot.We have found the new N595U from Gigabyte to be a power house with a better optimised BIOS and a much better overclocking result. We managed a core speed of 630MHz DDR and a memory speed of 1.03GHz DDR without breaking a sweat - with some better cooling, who knows what can be achieved.Overall the power and the features of this video card from Gigabyte are great, but the 5950 Ultra does carry a big price tag. If you have deep pockets, the N595U is the one for you.- ProsFastHighly overclockableGreat games and software bundle- ConsExpensiveRating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Performance Award
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