Like all graphics cards based on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900/5900 Ultra, this solution features a special connector for the additional power supply cable. If you power on the system without this power supply cable plugged in, the card will start OK, but will work at lower frequencies.
ASUS V9950 is based on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 graphics processor and is equipped with 128MB of graphics DDR SDRAM from Hynix with 2.2ns access time:
The GPU works at 400MHz, while the graphics memory supports 850MHz frequency.
The proper image transfer to the TV-Out is ensured by the GPU integrated unit, however, the digital signal for the monitors connected via the DVI is created and managed by the external DVI transmitter from Silicon Image:
To tell the truth, this graphics card made a twofold impression at first glance. On the one hand, we have pretty nice design; high-quality copper cooler, which covers the GPU and memory chips, has very tight contact with the surface of all elements and produces not too much noise, although it is equipped with two fans. On the other hand, we see a very awkward panel with the company logo, which covers more than half of the area above the cooler fans thus reducing the cooling efficiency and increasing the noise level.
Another unpleasant issue deals with some not very loud but very clear rattle, which appears in games and coincides with the refresh rate. As I managed to figure out, this sound comes from the coils of the graphics core voltage regulator.
However, it turned out that almost all graphics cards on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900/5900 Ultra discussed in our article can “boast” this annoying drawback.