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dim
07-04-04, 01:01 AM
Hi all, i'm new here..

I've been shopping around for a new vid card under $200..
I've read a lot of reviews, and I like the GeForce FX5900XT chip

I'm looking at newegg and I can't figure out the differences in name brands.. they have BFG, Chaintech, Gainward, Gigabyte and others..

Besides the software bundle and the price, is anything else actually different?

I know all of the Fans look different, but do they actually cool any diffent?

Thanks

rewt
07-04-04, 01:10 AM
Since nVidia doesn't make cards to sell, they sell GPUs to and make reference designs for other companies that do. BFG is my favorite one with their unmatched quality, great service, and true lifetime warranty even on the o/c cards.

Lezmaka
07-04-04, 09:16 AM
Besides the software bundle and the price, is anything else actually different?

The BFG card has higher clocks than the others.

Ruined
07-04-04, 09:32 AM
BFG and eVGA seem to make the highest quality cards. Another good brand is MSI, but i like BFG and eVGA best because they both have excellent support unlike MSI.

dim
07-04-04, 10:08 AM
Thanks guys.. i'm leaning towards the BFG.. it's kind of funny, that's the one I wanted from the start.. but still wanted your opinions..

The Fans are all different, but do they actually cool any differently? (less/more)

burningrave101
07-04-04, 12:29 PM
The BFG card is pretty nice. It should OC pretty well. The highest performance 5900XT is the XFX though. Unlike the rest of the 5900XT's it comes which higher speed RAM modules which run at 800Mhz by default instead of 700Mhz. Most people have been able to hit 5950 speeds with the XFX 5900XT.

I have the Gigabyte 5900XT and its really nice. Gigabyte makes good high quality cards as well.

Gigabyte and XFX are two of my favored brands.

Helanic Frost
07-04-04, 01:28 PM
Thanks guys.. i'm leaning towards the BFG.. it's kind of funny, that's the one I wanted from the start.. but still wanted your opinions..

The Fans are all different, but do they actually cool any differently? (less/more)

I own a BFG 5900NU and it has BFG's unique cooling solution. At load and overclocked it runs around 60 degrees. So yeah i think BFG's cooling solution rocks. And it looks great too :).

grimreefer
07-04-04, 02:55 PM
gainward and leadtek make the best 5900xt in my opinion

burningrave101
07-04-04, 03:05 PM
Here is what FiringSquad was able to get out of the Leadtek and other 5900XT's.

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_fx_5900_xt/page17.asp

WeReWoLf
07-04-04, 05:45 PM
I have a Sparkle 5900XT and it's pretty damn good too. The major differences with different 5900XT's are: What brand RAM they use and what speeds they clock the core at. With the RAM Hynix and Samsung are the major two used because of their high speed rating. 2.8dns is the usual speed used from either Hynix and Samsung, but i think BFG uses 3.0dns. (correct me if i'm wrong). Then when they have used such RAM they then underclock the RAM to about 2.5dns from the 2.8dns to provide stability and to make sure it won't fail. they usually clock it at 2.5dns x 250Mhz = 625Mhz. This means that you can safely clock it to 2.8dns x 250mhz = 700Mhz.

dim
07-05-04, 12:43 AM
thanks for all the responses, guys.

Lfctony
07-05-04, 01:01 AM
I have a Sparkle 5900XT and it's pretty damn good too. The major differences with different 5900XT's are: What brand RAM they use and what speeds they clock the core at. With the RAM Hynix and Samsung are the major two used because of their high speed rating. 2.8dns is the usual speed used from either Hynix and Samsung, but i think BFG uses 3.0dns. (correct me if i'm wrong). Then when they have used such RAM they then underclock the RAM to about 2.5dns from the 2.8dns to provide stability and to make sure it won't fail. they usually clock it at 2.5dns x 250Mhz = 625Mhz. This means that you can safely clock it to 2.8dns x 250mhz = 700Mhz.

I don't understand you. The lower the ns rating the higher the rated frequency of the ram. 2.8ns Ram can run at 714Mhz DDR, 2.5ns Ram is rated at 800Mhz and 3.0ns at 666Mhz. What would be correct was using 2.8ns or 2.5ns memory, and then clocking it at 700Mhz, below spec to be safe. Using 3ns memory and running it a 700Mhz would be out of spec, which is unacceptable.

WeReWoLf
07-05-04, 01:18 AM
whoops.. hehehe. I'm at work so i'm allowed a few slip ups.

JayrodTremonki
07-05-04, 01:48 AM
Wish you woulda posted this on thursday or friday. evga.com is doing a deal-a-day type of thing for all of July. They have 5900 NU for <$200. Non-ultra is basically just what the XT's were clocked down from so it's good, it's what I currently have in my machine(6800 GT Tuesday). Much better memory especially.