Gainward GeForceFX 5900 Review@HardOCP

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Lifer
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Link.

Today we are reviewing a new product from Gainward, but it isn?t a 5900 Ultra. This is the Gainward FX PowerPack! Ultra/1200 XP 128MB Golden Sample
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nice looking card (almost as nice as the albatron), but can someone explain to me why/how ATi dominates when FSAA and AA is cranked up all the way? is it the arcitecture?
 

nRollo

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For the AF, I believe ATI is faster because they don't filter as many angles. Whether that makes a difference or not is the subject of epic bbs flame wars.
 

squidman

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The inginuity of the R300+ cores, allow for little performance loss with AA and AF. See, it seems that nVidia fails to reach those limits, so it fucused on non-AA/AF performance (since this is the setting benchmarkers use :roll;). Im really surprised too - FX looks like a vacuum cleaner, costs like one - and yet is weak as hell!
 

squidman

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Also, im surprised why the "all powerful" nVidia doesnt use flip-chip construction...i guess its better to put a big-ass HF, than to make flip chip config.
 

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Lifer
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These are flame bait. You must be looking for a fight.

Go TF away.

Just ignore him,we all know ATI are perfect right
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Getting back on topic,Gainward are one of the most popular brands for Nvidia cards but always the most expensive(at least in the UK),I would like their prices to come down a little to Leadtek,MSI even ASUS level.Given the choice I would go for Leadtek over Gainward due to price,but it`s funny Leadtek are real slow getting their FX 5900 card out when their lower models are already out.

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DaveSimmons

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Thanks for the link, this does look like an appealing card if I can't bring myself to switch from nvidia to ATI for the better performance at the under-$400 level. I'm happy with my Gainward GF3 but it's no longer quite at the cutting edge :)
 

TourGuide

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I've been really happy with Gainward products. I have to wonder if they intend to produce a 256 meg version of the 5900. Anyone hear if this is the case?
 

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Lifer
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I have to wonder if they intend to produce a 256 meg version of the 5900. Anyone hear if this is the case?

The only 256mb version is the Gainward FX 5900 Ultra (1600 XP ).

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MistaTastyCakes

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Gainward's made some good products, in my experience with em. I just wish they'd change their screwy naming schemes. It's a 5900.. don't call it "The Magic SuperFX Ultra! Mega 1200 XP Orange Duckling" :p
 

TourGuide

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Thanks for the link. That looks to be a water cooled card. Have you heard if it is water cool only? I can't tell from the press release.
 

Intelman07

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Originally posted by: MistaTastyCakes
Gainward's made some good products, in my experience with em. I just wish they'd change their screwy naming schemes. It's a 5900.. don't call it "The Magic SuperFX Ultra! Mega 1200 XP Orange Duckling" :p

Yeah whats up with the naming!!!? Sounds like AMD.