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08-05-03, 09:52 PM
As seen in this (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15467) thread, there is currently a problem with some GeForce FX 5900 video cards that can best be described as flickering.

In order to guide people attempting to make new purchases, I would appreciate it if everybody who browses these forums that owns a GeForce FX 5900 would please post a single time to this thread. Simply post whether or not you see the flickering, and the brand/model of your FX 5900.

I hope that with enough information, it can be discerned whether or not this problem affects FX 5900's across the board, or whether some manufacturers have managed to produce video cards that do not exhibit the problem. If it does turn out to be manufacturer-specfic, one can hope that manufacturers who have been selling the defective cards would issue recalls, or, at the very least, offer new PCB revisions that do not exhibit the problem.

Please post only once to this thread, wih only the information required. Please leave all discussion on the topic to the above mentioned thread.

08-05-03, 09:57 PM
When I had it, and when I get it back I'll test it again:

Albatron FX5900 PV. I haven't tried the VGA connector but having my Hitachi LCD attached via DVI produced none of the problems described here at any resolution or refresh rate.

08-06-03, 01:12 AM

1. I do have the flickering with various games.

2. I have a Evga Geforce FX 5900 Ultra.

08-06-03, 03:04 AM
(TWO) PNY 5900 Ultra's...both had flicker-flicker-flicker

Tested on two different machines, two different monitors...


08-06-03, 04:03 AM
1. It does flicker. I can even reproduce the problem in 2D with horizontal scroller.

2. Card: PixelView GeForce FX 5900

08-06-03, 04:09 AM
(Two) MSI FX5900-TD128: Flickering in 2D/3D using analog VGA output

08-06-03, 04:49 AM
BFG FX5900 (128MB) using VGA connector

no flickering in 2D/3D, ran DisplayMate Suite to check 2D and various games to check 3D

Mike G

08-06-03, 04:52 AM
Gainward 5900 Ultra (VGA connector)

NO flickering :) (at my max Vsync, for every res)

08-06-03, 05:06 AM
Asus 9950 Ultra.

Flickering in 2D and 3D using the analog VGA output.

08-06-03, 06:44 AM
Gainward Golden Sample 5900 Ultra 256mb.
2d flickering. 3d flickering. Not all 2d applications though, same as 3d.

08-06-03, 08:33 AM
No flickering.

BFG 5900 Ultra

System Specs:
AMD Athlon XP 1700+ @ 1.825GHz - Thouroughbred Revision A (AIUGA)
ENERMAX EG465P-VE(FCA) 431W Power Supply
EPoX 8K3A+ (8K3A2B01 BIOS)
Samsung PC2700 (220 K4H560383D-TCB3) DDR SDRAM (1) 512MB DIMM
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40GB 7200RPM ATA-133 Hard Disk Drive (2)
Hitachi CM721FB CRT Monitor - 19-Inch / 85Hz Refresh Rate
BFG Technologies Asylum GeForce FX 5900 Ultra - 256MB
NVIDIA Detonator XP Driver Version 44.03
VIA Hyperion 4in1 v4.48 drivers
32-Bit Color / Onboard Sound / Vsync Disabled
Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 1 / DirectX 9b

08-06-03, 12:57 PM
We have become aware that both NVIDIA and competitor’s cards are experiencing similar problems that are described as “flickering”, “rolling lines” or “quivering” in different forum posts. Here are a couple of examples:



NVIDIA has been investigating these problems; we are having a difficult time reproducing the issue. We are under the impression it is a noise issue, not a graphics card issue and is system specific.

In an effort to find a solution, we ask that anyone in the Bay area who is experiencing this issue on an NVIDIA GPU and would like to visit NVIDIA with the system in tow contact us. We can use the system to identify the problem and see if we can resolve the issue. You will be doing a favor to NVIDIA and a service to the community. We will also make sure you leave with an arm full of NVIDIA swag!

First come first served! We can not look at every system in the Bay area, sorry.
Contact bburke@nvidia.com.

The Baron
08-06-03, 02:11 PM
OK folks.

Let me pose a question.

To those of you with unbearable flicker--since many have reported that it can be caused by the mousewheel, I'm wondering if it's PS2 or USB port specific.

As a result, take the mouse out of the port that you have it connected, disable the PS2 or USB port in the BIOS, and see if that changes it at all.

Also, try turning off the keyboard-wake thing (might have to set a jumper), USB wake, etc.

08-06-03, 04:49 PM
Albatron 5900PV no flicker

08-06-03, 05:47 PM
What revsion do you guys have? I have a PNY Rev. Z, and no flickering (though i do have the scroll buzz). My Rev Z. is quite new (only a few weeks old), so maybe it is being fixed?

08-06-03, 05:58 PM
MSI FX5900 TD-128, no flicker on Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 2070SB monitor. Using Antec True Power 430 PSU.

08-06-03, 06:19 PM
Originally posted by Divine_Madcat
What revsion do you guys have? I have a PNY Rev. Z, and no flickering (though i do have the scroll buzz). My Rev Z. is quite new (only a few weeks old), so maybe it is being fixed?

I not only get the buzz (lightly) when I scroll, I get a massive buzz when playing games.. anyone else?

08-06-03, 06:29 PM
MSI TD-128 (fx5900)

No flickering at any res or refresh rate, 2d and 3d.

asus a7n8x deluxe 2.0
1 gb ddr-400
axp 1700 @ 11x200~1.65v (2200mhz)
msi fx 5900 - 44.71
400w psu
xppro sp1


08-06-03, 09:41 PM
Leadtek Geforce FX 5900 (not Ultra) TDH A350

not sure, but I tried all kinds of tests (3D MARK 2003) and games (Vietcong, UT2003, Unreal 2, OFP. Orge demo) and - NO FLICKERING!

08-07-03, 02:53 AM
PNY VERTO 5900 Ultra. No flicker that I've noticed, except stuttering in BF1942 on 54 + player servers. It's a netcode thing I'm almost sure (damn patches).

I've not seen a whole lot of PNY Verto 5900 Ultra reviews. Hardly any.
It's pretty much a reference design, as EVGA, BFG.

08-07-03, 05:14 AM
This is a 5900 only issue? From what I read it appears to be a problem on all Nvidia 5xxx's.

Anyway: No problem at all with msi fx 5600 here. Very good iq all over in windows and linux.

08-07-03, 01:41 PM
Chaintech 5900 128MB.... flickers like all hell in 3D, especially when moving the mouse. GF4 does not.

08-07-03, 02:57 PM
A friend of mine has had a flickering problem on the 5200 Ultra

08-08-03, 06:12 PM
i have a fx 5800 ultra, no flickering here.

08-08-03, 06:22 PM
I find it hard to believe that the 5200 would have the issue. Because the issue is caused by the 4-pin power connector. Disconnect it, and bye bye flicker. The 5200 does not have a power connector..... I wonder if his flickering is the same as everyone else's or if he doesn't know how to override his refresh rate in games, lol!