BFG's GeForce FX 5900XT OC

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Our first look at the GeForce FX 5900XT was way back in December 2003, and we were mightily impressed by the performance of the original sample sent to us by e-VGA, one of Nvidia's launch partners. We've reviewed a few other 5900XTs since then, and we've recently received two new models, one of which was the card we took a look at last week, Prolink's Pixelview 5900XT Golden Limited.  Its main claim to fame was the one-piece aluminum housing which cools the GPU and RAM, allowing for better cooling and ample overclocked speeds. It also came with the Plasma Display II, a handy little screen which gives users real time information on the GPU temperature and fan speed.

Today, we've got a different take on the 5900XT with BFG's GeForce FX 5900XT OC. It may or may not be obvious, but the "OC" in this case stands for overclocked. Knowing full well that some users may balk at messing around with registry hacks or other methods of overclocking their hardware, BFG has offered up a card that already comes pre-clocked at higher speeds than other 5900XT models. Oh, and one other thing, BFG maintains a lifetime warranty on the card at these higher speeds. In doing so, they've taken away all of the worry and hassle that the first-time buyer or less-experienced upgrader might have when wondering "should I get this card and how hard can I push it?". Is this bump in speed going to be enough to warrant the purchase of the BFG GeForce FX 5900XT OC, or will this just be another bump in the road? Let's find out by checking the card's specifications first. While the majority of these items look the same as what we've seen with other 5900XTs (including the Pixelview 5900XT), we've highlighted important changes in red.

     

Specifications of the BFG 5900XT OC
A New twist on an "old" thing
SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT
  • Graphics Core: 256-bit
  • Engine clock:430 MHz
  • Memory Interface: 256-bit DDR
  • Memory Bandwidth:23.5 GB/sec
  • Vertices per second: 322 million
  • Memory Clock:367.5 MHz
  • Memory Data Rate (effective):735 MHz
  • Memory Included: 128MB Hynix 2.8ns DDR
  • Maximum Memory Supported: 256MB
  • Pixels per Clock: 8
  • Textures per Rendering Pass: 16
  • Maximum Resolution: 2048x1536@85Hz
  • Thermal solution: Single-slot, 5000rpm heatsink/fan
  • 0.13 Micron Process Technology

2D/3D FEATURES

  • NVIDIA CineFX 2.0 Engine
  • NVIDIA Intellisample HCT Engine
  • NVIDIA UltraShadow Technology
  • MicrosoftDirectX9.0 Shader Optimizations and Support
  • OpenGL1.4 Optimizations and Support
  • AGP 8X/4X including Fast Writes and sideband addressing
  • Integrated Dual400MHz RAMDACs
  • 128-bit, studio-precision color
  • Support for 128/64-bit floating point and 32-bit integer rendering modes
OTHER FEATURES
  • Architected for Cg
  • 64-phase Video Scaler
  • nView Multi-display Technology
  • NVIDIA Video Mixing Renderer (VMR)
  • NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0
  • True-color 64x64 hardware cursor with alpha
  • Optimized for 32, 24, 16, 15, and 8-bpp modes
  • Multi-Buffering (Double, Triple, and Quad modes)
  • Integrated Full Hardware MPEG-2 Decoder
  • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
  • Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
     




BFG GEFORCE FX 5900 XT OC
CORE CLOCK: 430 MHz
MEMORY CLOCK: 735 MHz
MEMORY BANDWIDTH: 23.5 GB/s


 

        

BFG has both giveth and taketh away with the GeForce FX 5900XT OC.  The box that we received felt somewhat lighter than other recent cards, and opening the box we quickly found out why. Along with the card, we found only a MOLEX power cable splitter, used to divert power to the card's connector, a DVI-to-VGA converter, and a Quick Install Guide with requisiite CD-ROM.  One might have expected that a company that touts itself as "for gamers by gamers" might have actually included a game, but that was not to be the case. On the other hand, the installation CD was a bit more robust than others, with a complete suite of drivers, DirectX 9, Nvidia's own DVD software and Demos, as well as some BFG customized WinBlinds and skins. If you've ever seen stills from Dawn or Vulcan demos in the past, then here's your chance to finally see them in live action.

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