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BFG GeForce FX 5900XT OC Review - Page 2 of 5


CARD PICTURES

Here are a couple of pictures of BFG's GeForce FX 5900XT OC. This view shows the VGA, DVI and TV-Out connections.

Did You Get My Good Side?

And a closer look at the rear of the card. At the top right is a standard four-pin connection to the power supply.

It's Got The Power

TEST SYSTEM

The test system is comprised of the following components:

  • Gigabyte GA-7N400-L1 nForce2 Ultra 400 Motherboard w/Pr3acher 3rd Party BIOS
  • Mobile AMD Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2400MHz (200x12), 1.8 VCore
  • 2x512MB GeiL Golden Dragon PC3200 DDR RAM
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy
  • Western Digital WD400, 7200RPM, ATA-100, 8MB Cache HDD
  • PowerMagic 500W Power Supply
  • BFG GeForce FX 5900XT OC
  • NVIDIA nForce Driver Version 3.13
  • NVIDIA Forceware Graphics Driver Version 60.72
  • 32-Bit Color / Vsync Disabled / 75Hz Refresh Rate
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 / DirectX 9.0b

All games tested were patched to their latest version and consist of:

  • Unreal 2
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Battlefield Vietnam
  • Splinter Cell
  • Enemy Territory
  • AMP Engine

This setup is a typical midrange PC as the market is just beginning to shift to the value processor in AMD's Athlon 64 lineup. Many overclockers achieve higher front side bus settings, but the GeiL memory in this machine prevents anything over a 200MHz FSB. Still, 2.4GHz with a mobile Barton 2400+ (stock speed is 2.0GHz) is a fairly impressive result given this processor's price point.

THE DRIVER

As mentioned above, I used the Forceware 60.72 drivers. Although newer versions have been in circulation, the 60.72 drivers are approved for use in Futuremark's 3DMark suite, which is a bonus for those who like using their software.

Forceware Control Center

Recent additions to the Forceware driver control panel consist of a reorganized Performance & Quality tab and custom application profiles.

Performance/Quality Tab

Next Page: Game Performance

Last Updated on June 11, 2004


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