The cooling system implemented on this graphics card includes a massive aluminum heatsink covering both: the graphics chip and the memory chips altogether. The heatsink is provided with two fans featuring nice-looking LEDs:
Gainward FX PowerPack! Model Ultra/1200 XP “Golden Sample” is the “brightest” graphics cards of all in our lab. Those of you who like unusual outstanding designs will definitely love it:
The card is based on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 chip and features 128MB of DDR SDRAM from Hynix with 2.2ns access time. The GPU used on this particular card was produced even before the official product launch that it why it is marked as NV35:
The nominal working frequencies of the graphics core and memory are 400MHz and 850MHz (425MHz DDR) respectively.
It is very interesting that they used not the traditional DVI-transmitter from Silicon Image to form a DVI-signal, but a similar solution from THine Electronics with higher conversion frequency of 170MHz. The TV signal is encoded by a special unit integrated into the GPU, and the decoding is performed by the popular SAA7108 chip from Philips:
To tell the truth I liked the Gainward FX PowerPack! Model Ultra/1200 XP “Golden Sample” most of all graphics cards described in this article. Although its cooler produces a little bit more noise, the voltage regulator coils start rattling only when the card is overclocked and used in really heavy modes. Besides, the fashionable blue highlighting is very pleasing for the eye.
So, now that we have taken a close look at our today’s testing participants, let’s pass over to the tests!