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Old 10-25-03, 07:00 PM   #42
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Cool Nvidia reclaiming their position as a mainstream leader

We managed to increase our original score by a modest two and half frames, which, as you may guess, came out to a 13% increase in the frame rate. Not exactly something to write home about, but it was still nice to see that there was some room to play with. It should also be noted that the 5600 Ultra was clocked at 400MHz, so we have already gotten a 75MHz boost to begin with. Add in the overclocking, and you're looking at 137MHz over the 5600 Ultra. A quick check of the scores has the overclocked 5700 Ultra nearly doubling the output of the 5600 Ultra.

Once again we see the two biggest names in the graphics industry trading blows. One week it's ATi taking the lead with the impressive Radeon 9600 XT, then this week we find NVIDIA reclaiming their position as a mainstream leader. Although the mighty GeForce FX 5950 Ultra also emerges from the shadows on this day, its price makes it a somewhat prohibitive purchase, best left for those with large budgets. The bulk of sales has and always will be in the mainstream market, and NVIDIA has released a superb entry into this burgeoning field. It's almost a shame to label the 5700 Ultra as a mainstream unit, since its performance was top notch in all of our benchmarks and it comes with some solid features like a 475MHz 0.13 micron process GPU and 128MB of DDR2 memory. The new ForceWare drivers have taken a full step in correcting some of the shader problems we have seen with GeForce FX cards using Detonator drivers of the past. Until they make the switch to PCI Express, expected in the first half of 2004, this just may be the card for current owners of GeForce Ti 4200 or FX 5200/5600 cards to get in order to play newer DX9 titles like HalfLife 2 or Doom3.

NVIDIA releases the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra just in time for Halloween, with no tricks, just a lot of treats, and we're giving it a 9.5 on the HotHardware Heat Meter, and an Editor's Choice Award.
This is da best review of nvidia i have seen in months
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