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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra is the fastest mainstream representative in our today’s test session. It gets really close to the slowest NV35 based solutions from both: price and performance point of view. This GPU will be represented by an NVIDIA reference card:

The card is equipped with 128MB of DDR-II graphics memory from Samsung with 2ns cycle time (Samsung K4N26323ae-GC1K). The GPU works at the nominal frequency of 475MHz and the memory – 900MHz.

The card doesn’t boast any superfluous overclockability: the maximum we managed to make it work at was 525MHz for the chip and 1000MHz for the memory.

Now that we have introduced to you all our testing participants, which will compete for the title of the “Best Overclocker’s Choice”, let’s pass over to the actual benchmarks.

Testbed and Methods

Our test system was configured as follows:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+
  • Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 (VIA KT880)
  • Memory: 2x512MB PC3200 CL2.5 DDR SDRAM from TwinMOS

We used the following software:

  • Microsoft Windows XP + SP1
  • DirectX 9.0b
  • Catalyst 4.2 driver for graphics cards on ATI chips
  • ForceWare 56.56 driver for graphics cards on NVIDIA chips

We tested all graphics cards with two types of image quality settings. In both cases we set the graphics quality in the driver to the maximum (these are the settings responsible for the texture quality in Catalyst driver and the “speed-quality” slider in ForceWare panel). In the first type of settings we didn’t enable full-screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, while in the second we forced 8x anisotropic filtering (in Quality mode) and 4x FSAA.

In order to eliminate the influence of the side factors on the VGA cards performance, we tested all of them with disabled sound, except DeusEx 2 game, which refused to run without sound. Vsync was disabled in all cases.

So, let’s get started!

 
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