Albatron FX5900XTV - IntroductionIntroductionThe battle for 3D supremacy has become something of a hot issue. There are two sides to the preverbal coin. On one side we have ATI with its R3xx core design. In our opinion it is designed like AMD Athlon CPU's - Speed isn't the issue but how much it can push along its short, fat pipeline. While this shorter pipeline might be seen as a bad thing, remember, AMD Athlon XP managed to kick some Intel Pentium 4 behind from time to time. On the other side of the coin we have nVidia with its NV3x cores. These are designed like the Pentium 4 with longer pipelines and faster core speeds. While this may also seem to be a winner, it is still matched by its ATI competition.While the top of the line battle has been in the spotlight for some time, it is the more value orientated market that is starting to heat up. While there are the individuals out there who will put out serious dollars for a graphics card, you will find more people going for cheaper mid-range cards and this is where several new value cores have made it into the market.The 5700 series core was designed to be the ultimate mid-range for nVidia, but with performance not reaching the barriers that nVidia had hoped, a new strategy had to be formed.With little use now for the 5900 series, nVidia had an idea - lower the core clock to allow for a smaller, quieter cooling solution and reduce the memory size. This new version has been named the GeForce FX 5900 XT. Today we check out the new GPU in the form of the FX5900XTV graphics card from Albatron.
Albatron FX5900XTV - Features - The PackageFeatures of the FX5900XTV- The Package
Albatron FX5900XTV - Features - The CardFeatures of the FX5900XTV Continued- The CardThe card itself is remarkably small for a GeForce FX 5900 part. In fact, it measures the exact same as a lot of 5700 cards which is quite good as it reduces the size of the PCB and reduces the costs to the consumer.
Albatron FX5900XTV - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and FutureMarkTest System SetupProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Northwood (800MHz FSB with HT enabled) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ DDR-533 (Supplied by OCZ)Hard Disk: Western Digital WD80 7200RPM (Supplied by Techbuy)Motherboard: ABIT IC7 MAX3 (Supplied by ABIT)Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1Drivers: Forceware 56.643DMark033DMark03 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.
Albatron FX5900XTV - Benchmarks - Aquamark3Aquamark3Aquamark3 is the latest instalment of the Aquamark benchmark suite. This new benchmark is much more powerful and demands much more from both the system and the graphics card. If there is any weakness in the system or 3D components, Aquamark3 will find them.
Albatron FX5900XTV - Benchmarks - X2 Rolling DemoX2 Rolling DemoX2 Rolling Demo is the newest benchmark we have started to use here on TweakTown. X2 makes heavy use of Stencil Shaders and is very memory bandwidth hungry which will help determine if the GPU and memory systems have any weaknesses.
Albatron FX5900XTV - Benchmarks - Halo PCHalo PC - Combat EvolvedHalo PC is new to us at TweakTown. Though we have used it in a couple of benchmarks in the past, it has now found a permanent place in our Benchmark Suite. This is simply due to its support for the latest DirectX 9 API's to put some more stress on the system to determine the best of the best.
Albatron FX5900XTV - 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.
Albatron FX5900XTV - 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 on to 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.
Albatron FX5900XTV - Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AFHigh Quality AA and AFAll tests were run with 4 times FSAA and 8 times Antistrophic Filtering enabled with the screen resolution set to 1024 X 768.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.
Albatron FX5900XTV - ConclusionConclusionAlbatron is by far no longer a new comer to the market. We have seen some very impressive beginner products, as well as some excellent late model motherboards. Today they have done it once again with a great mid range value graphics card.nVidia's GeForce FX 5900XT GPU is by far one of the most interesting cores I have seen so far. Not because it's new, but because it improves on and reduces the price of a popular product already in the market, the 5900 Ultra.On the overclocking side of things what more can be said than "masterpiece". Being an underclocked 5900 Ultra GPU's, and with the right cooling, we have a 5900 Ultra at a 5700 price tag which we think makes it a must have GPU.Overall Albatron have done a fantastic job with putting nVidia's 5900XT onto a graphics card which just about everyone after a mainstream graphics card can afford.- ProsFastBrilliant valueQuiet CoolingFantastic OverclockingVIVO- ConsSmall games bundleRating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value and Overclocking Awards
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