Review By John Grabski - June 11, 2004 Edited By Ed Piotrowski
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
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 Tournament 2004
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.
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.