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NextGen
01-04-04, 09:53 PM
Does anyone from nV News know when NVIDIA will release a set of drivers that will provide a much higher rate of performance for the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra? Seems like this card, from looking at its specifications, has so much untouched promise if it weren't for the current set of drivers that're out ... 14.4 GB/sec bandwidth, 900+ MHz memory rate, etc ... I'd sure like to see NVIDIA publish drivers that'd really take advantage of this card.

The Baron
01-04-04, 10:05 PM
mmmm... it's performing exactly where it should be--despite the specifications, it's not better than a 5900. it has half the memory bus (meaning that the 900Mhz on the 5700 Ultra has the same memory bandwidth as the 5900 would if its ram were clocked at 450Mhz), it has half the pipelines (so where the 5900 can either do 4 or 8 pixels per clock, the 5700 Ultra can do 2 or 4). it's performing right where it should be...

saturnotaku
01-04-04, 10:12 PM
Looking at memory bandwidth alone will tell you right about where this card sits when compared to others. Cards like the FX5900 and Radeon 9800 clock in at significantly more than 20 GB/s (due to their 256-bit memory interfaces).

As Baron said, the 5700U (and the rest of the NV3x lineup) is probably tapped out when it comes to performance increases via drivers. It's highly unlikely that we'll ever see anything like what happened to GeForce3 cards when the 21.xx drivers came out.

Deathlike2
01-04-04, 10:26 PM
Whatever performance gains that the FX5900 has, the FX5700 has to a smaller extent. You cannot expect a card based on existing technology to improve performance. It would have to be a whole different card altogether. The FX5700 is a derivative of the FX5900 with half the memory bus and half the pipelines.

StealthHawk
01-04-04, 11:22 PM
Originally posted by saturnotaku
As Baron said, the 5700U (and the rest of the NV3x lineup) is probably tapped out when it comes to performance increases via drivers. It's highly unlikely that we'll ever see anything like what happened to GeForce3 cards when the 21.xx drivers came out.

We've already seen huge gains. Compare scores from NV30 when it was first released to NV30 now, for example.