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Prolink PixelView GeForce FX 5900XT Golden Limited

Date: 07.08.2004

By: Aleksey Burdyko

Prolink PixelView
GeForce FX 5900XT
Golden Limited
VPU chip NV35
Memory Hynix 2.8 ns
Frequencies 390 MHz / 700 MHz
Category: Middle-End
Price: $210

NVIDIA made an exceptionally good job of its GeForce FX 5900XT chip. NVIDIA has finally made something really mainstream at absolutely affordable prices for retail boards. Video board manufacturers have also appealed to this mainstream solution of NVIDIA. There are no problems with those cumbersome cooling systems like that in GeForce FX 5950 Ultra because of the low clock speeds, the PCB production is very well made, and the wiring for each component is now so familiar. What else do we need to be completely happy? Perhaps a bit of overclocking - a board based on the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT chip is bought mainly with the purpose of further overclocking. In the similarly positioned niche, ATI can offer Radeon 9800SE which in turn is also bought for re-making it into a Radeon 9800 Pro, but unlike NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT the purchase of a board on the base of the Radeon 9800SE chip is sort of a lottery in which the user gets a lower-middle video card in case the "revamping" is unsuccessful. That is why we should keep in mind that not all Radeon 98000SE are equally efficient.

Then it's more interesting to examine a board on the base of the most popular NVIDIA chip when it is not merely "just another variation", but indeed something unique in terms of the technical solution. And it is even more pleasant when the uniqueness relates not only to the cooling system but to other components as well. The product by Prolink is just among those which fall within this group. Well, we'll have enough chances to find out what is there so unique or super-smart in what follows, but for now let's look into the traditional table of NVIDIA solutions produced by vendors:


Product Model GPU DVI TV-Out Video-In
GeForce 6800 Ultra PV-N40UA(256JD) GeForce 6800 Ultra O O x
GeForce 6800 GT PV-N40GA(256JD) GeForce 6800 GT O O x
GeForce 6800 PV-N40A(128JD) GeForce 6800 O O x
GeForce PCX 5900 PV-N38E(128JD) GeForce PCX 5900 O O x
GeForce PCX 5750 PV-N39E(256KD)
PV-N39E(128KD)
GeForce PCX 5750 O O x
GeForce PCX 5300 PV-N37E(128LD) GeForce PCX 5300 O O x
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra PV-N38UA (256JV) GeForce FX 5950 Ultra (NV38) O O O
GeForce FX 5900 MVGA-NVG35BA (w/256M,VIO,DVI) GeForce FX 5900 (NV35) O O O
GeForce FX 5900 MVGA-NVG35BA (w/128M,VIO,DVI) GeForce FX 5900 (NV35) O O O
GeForce FX 5900 MVGA-NVG35BA(LE)
(w/128M,TV,DVI)
GeForce FX 5900 (NV35) O O Option
GeForce FX 5900XT PV-N35XA(128JD) GeForce FX 5900XT (NV35XT) O O x
GeForce FX5900XT Golden Limited PV-N35XAG (128JD) GeForce FX 5900XT (NV35XT) O O x
GeForce FX 5700 PDF PV-N36AG (256KV) GeForce FX 5700 (NV36) O O O
GeForce FX 5700 PV-N36A (256KV) GeForce FX 5700 (NV36) O O O
GeForce FX 5700 PV-N36A (256KD) GeForce FX 5700 (NV36) O O X
GeForce FX 5700 PV-N36A (128KV) GeForce FX 5700 (NV36) O O O
GeForce FX 5700 PV-N36A (128KD) GeForce FX 5700 (NV36) O O x
GeForce FX 5700 LE PV-N36XA (256KV/KD) GeForce FX 5700LE (NV36LE) O O x
GeForce FX 5700 LE PV-N36AX (128KV/KD) GeForce FX 5700LE (NV36LE) O O Option
GeForce FX 5500 PV-N34UA(256KD) GeForce FX 5500 O O X
GeForce FX 5500 PV-N34UA(128KD) GeForce FX 5500 O O X
GeForce FX 5500 PV-N34UA(128LD) GeForce FX 5500 O O X
GeForce FX 5200 MVGA-NVG34AL (W/256M,TV,DVI) GeForce FX 5200 (NV34) O O X
GeForce FX 5200 MVGA-NVG34AL (W/128M,TV,DVI) GeForce FX 5200 (NV34) O O X
GeForce FX 5200 MVGA-NVG34AM (W/128M,TV,DVI) GeForce FX 5200 (NV34) X O x
GeForce FX 5200 PCI MVGA-NVG34P (W/128M,TV,DVI) GeForce FX 5200 (NV34) O O X
GeForce FX 5200 Personal Cinema MVGA-NVG34A+
(w/128M,VIO, Nicam,RC)
GeForce FX 5200 (NV34) O O x
GeForce MX4000 PV-N18BA (128LD/ 128 LT) GeForce MX4000 (NV18B) O O x

As we can see, the whole spectrum of NVIDIA boards is covered, including the latest based on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT and NVIDIA GeForce 6800 chips.

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT Chip

As it is now traditional, let's bring in our detailed table of specifications for the whole top range of the middle-end solutions based on both NVIDIA's and ATI's chips.


Video cards ATI Radeon 9800SE ATI Radeon 9600XT NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
Code name R350 RV360 NV35 NV36
Chip technology 256 bit
Process technology 0.13 mk
Q-ty of transistors ~107 mln (no precise data available) ~75 mln ~130 mln ~82 mln
Memory bus 256 bit (DDR I) 128 bit (DDR I) 256 bit (DDR I) 128 bit (DDR II/DDR III)
Memory bandwidth 8.8 GB/s 9.6 GB/s 6.4 GB/s 14.4 GB/s
Pixel fillrate - 2.0 Gpixel/s 1.3 Gpixel/s 1.9 Gpixel/s
AGP bus 1x/2x/4x/8x
Memory 128/256 MB
Chip clock speed 380 MHz 500 MHz 390 MHz 475 MHz
Memory speed 340 MHz (680 DDR) 300 MHz (600 DDR) 350 MHz (700 DDR) 450 MHz (900 DDR)
Q-ty of Vertex Pipelines 4 2 3 3
Pixel pipelines 4 (with 4 more disabled programmatically) 4 8 (4) 4 (2)
Textures per pipeline 1 1 1 (2) 1 (2)
Textures per texture unit 16 16 16 16
Vertex shader version 2.0 2.0 2.0+ 2.0+
Pixel shader version 2.0 2.0 2.0+ 2.0+
DirectX version 9.0
Antialiasing modes Multisampling Maximum 6x Multisampling Maximum 6x Multisampling Maximum 4x Mixed modes Maximum 8x Multisampling Maximum 4x Mixed modes Maximum 8x
Anisotropic filtering 2/4/8/16x 2/4/8/16x 2/4/8x 2/4/8x
Memory optimization Hyper Z III+ Hyper Z III+ IntelliSample HCT IntelliSample HCT
Optimizations SmartShader 2.0 SmoothVision 2.1 SmartShader 2.0 SmoothVision 2.1 CineFX 2.0 IntelliSample HCT CineFX 2.0 IntelliSample HCT
Q-ty of monitor outputs 2
Integrated RAMDAC 2 x 400 MHz
External RAMDACs -
Bits per color channel 10
Special features Integrated TV-coder; FullStream Adaptive filtering Integrated TV-coder; FullStream Adaptive filtering Integrated TV-coder; adaptive filtering, DirectX 9+ Integrated TV-coder; adaptive filtering, DirectX 9+

We have already repeatedly examined the specifics of each of the presented chips - so there is not much sense in repeating again.

Content:

  • Introduction
  • Prolink PixelView GeForce FX 5900XT
  • Test configuration, overclocking
  • Benchmarks: Synthetic tests
  • Benchmarks: Gaming benchmarks
  • Findings




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