eVGA NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Personal Cinema Review - Page 1 of 7
By Chris Arthington - June 28, 2004 Edited By Ed Piotrowski
As far back as the 3dfx Voodoo2 days, ATI has dominated the multimedia enthusiast market with its All-In-Wonder video cards. I would often ask myself, "When Will NVIDIA produce a full-featured multimedia solution?" That question was answered when the company released its first Personal Cinema line. The first- and second-generation Personal Cinema products were tied to under-performing chipsets like the GeForce2 and GeForce4 MX - adequate for multimedia use but certainly inferior gaming-wise to ATI's offerings that were based on their 9600, 9700 and 9800 chips. NVIDIA and eVGA, however, have stepped up to the plate with the latest midrange multimedia solution: the eVGA GeForce FX 5700 Personal Cinema.
Sporting the NV36 core, this product looks like it will have the goods to satisfy folks who want a full-featured multimedia video solution while allowing for decent gaming performance.
Personal Cinema Essentials
eVGA leaves nothing out of the Personal Cinema package. It includes two eVGA stickers, audio/video cables, multimedia hub, DVI-to-VGA adapter, FM antenna, NVIDIA remote control, two software cds, batteries, and of course the card itself.
The card features a small green and black heatsink on the core. The cooling isnt very imaginative, reminiscent of the reference cooling of the original GeForce3. I would have hoped for some kind of cooling for the memory as well. There's only one DVI out port, so if you own a CRT monitor, you will need to use the included DVI-to-VGA adapter provided with the retail package. The card also requires a direct feed from the power supply in order operate so you will need to connect the PSU to the molex connector at the back of the PCB.
Here's a list of the nuts and bolts specifications:
425 MHz core clock
550 MHz memory clock
128-bit memory interface
1700 pixel/texel fill rate
8.8 GB/second of memory bandwith
Phillips NTSC TV tuner (coaxial out)
FM tuner for radio input and capture
AGP 8x/4x compatibility
Digital Media Hub for audio/video input/output
DVI connector for analog/digital displays
DirectX 9.0 support
NVIDIA Intellisample (HCT)
Video mixing renderer
Dual 400 MHz Ramdac
NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control 3.0
Integrated hardware MPEG-2 decoder
SOFTWARE AND DRIVERS
The software bundle included two CDs. One installs the NVIDIA forceware driver suite. The other installs the Forceware Multimedia Application. Included also on the second CD is Ulead's DVD Movie Factory 2.5 SE and VideoStudio 7 SE. Unfortunately there was no game bundle with this package, something that ultimately struck me as
Here are some images of from the Forceware Multimedia applications and driver control panel: