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Old 09-01-04, 12:54 AM   #13
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My 5900 is fantastic! No problems in anything! I got one of the earlier very fast ones and its great
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i upgraded from a Ti4200 to a FX5900XT, i havent had any disapointing moments yet, but aye, i dont use AA/AF
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So far i've seen more people having problems with their Geforce 6 than their Geforce FX, simply because the FX a more mature card driver wise. But this will all change in the future, when newer driver versions increase the stability and performance of the Geforce 6 (over its entire lifespan, as nVidia has done with the FX).

Overall, I say no the FX series wasn't a failure at all. They perform very well, and at excellent image quality. Even better with the newer Forceware drivers (that allow you to turn on/off the optimizations).
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Old 09-01-04, 01:30 AM   #16
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/me pats his pretty 5900XT. I love ya baby! She pushes past 5900u speeds, dontcha? Yes you do! Yes you do!

The best performance per dollar I've spent on, well.. probably any piece of hardware I've had. Doom3 runs amazingly well, and looks ****in incredible.

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It offered great DX8 and OpenGL performance, and below average DX9 performance. Far from a failure.
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I think the problem with the FX series was that it got off to the bad start with the nv30 and actually later got another kicking later. The nv30 came out of the blocks and was expected to be quicker than the current ATI, but it was not, so a general ill feeling developed. The later kicking was when DX9 games came out and round 2 of the nv30's failings became apparent.

Two hardware flaws in the 128 bit bus and 4xN pipeline seemed to be the main problem, as well as nvidia's DX9 shader problems. They could not do too much about the last two, but they did go to a 256 bit bus for the 5900 series and at that point things started to look up. Also the drivers actually managed to give it some polish and make the best of a fairly poor lot. The 5900XT was an excellent card for the money for the majority of games in it's timeframe.

5200 -> bad
5200U -> poor to average for it's price point
5500 -> bad
5600 -> poor
5600U -> poor to average.
5700 -> average
5700U -> good
5900-> good
5900U -> good
5900XT -> very good for it's price point
5950u -> good

the main success the FX achieved was actually connected toit's bad points in that those bad points made nvidia learn some lessons. I think you can see how well it learn;t those lessons in the 6800 series today


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We all know how ATI won the NV30 vs. R3xx round the last generation and the struggles of the FX series in DX 9.0 games, but do you think the FX series was an overall failure for Nvidia? Even the 5950 Ultra was pathetic in DX 9.0 games whe compared to the 9800 XT. The FX series was not so bad in OpenGL and DX 8.0 games, but I don't think that was enough to save the series. Nvidia messed up big time, but the 6800 series brought it back. I think we should put the FX series behind us as ASAP.
This thread is pointless !

If it had been headed "The FX series is a Failure", then it would fit in more with your negative but obviously uninformed view of things !

Have you ever owned a FX card, and if so, what harm did it do to you. And, never mind saying it was not as good as percieved by a ATI card user for certain games etc. That actually doesn't matter, as the only real criteria is whether it worked within your needs, for what you paid.

Also, the best graphics card in the world will work crap when installed in the worst performing computer. So what you get from your graphics card has just as much if not more to do with the rest of your computer setup !

What is your problem or agenda, are you a ATI fanboy or what ?

In spite of some bad Press and/or Political hype, the FX series of card has actually shown to perform very well, especially the 59xx series. Which is why so many, including myself, bought one, and don't regret it !
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You know what? The FX series wasnt perfect. But my 5900 @ 400/900 runs most everything out there great. Even on my lowly Athlon XP 2000+ # 333 FSB with 640 Megs of Memory.

People who say the FX series "Sucks" are just grossly exxagerating. And probably have some kind of superiority/inferiority complex to have something superior. No FX user will probably deny ATI had a nice DX 9 capable card last gen.

But I am surely not embarrassed about the 5900 In my rig.

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Ehm. right now I have a 6800GT , but before I had a QuadroFX1000 which is NV30. The workstation versions of the FX
series performed very well in apps like 3DsMax, Cinema4D and Maya.
Splinter Cell performance on the Quadro was not great, but not
terrible either.

But the GT does at least equally good in those 3D programs PLUS
gaming, so I'm happy I sold the Quadro even though it served me well.
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I can't quite say that going from a Ti4200 to an FX 5800U constitutes a "failure" as such in my book. The dustbuster's handled everything I've thrown at it. Looks great (especially compared to the 4200), plays great (significantly better than the 4200). Driver maturity helped the NV30 out quite a bit, methinks. FX5800 squad, tench-HUT!
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I have no problems with my FX5700, and it do's DX9 110% thank you very much. So in answer to the original question, I dont think the FX series was a failure, far from it. TBH, anybody having DX9 issues with an FX card really should think about RMA'ing there card, as I know DX9 is a key feature of my card.
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