AOpen GeForce FX 5900XT Review

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Overclocking the AOpen GeForce FX 5900XT
We Knew There Was More To Go

Even though the AOpen GeForce FX 5900XT comes clocked 30MHz faster than standard 5900XTs, history has shown us there is always more power hidden underneath the hood.  Using the Coolbits registry tweak, we attempted to see how much more performance we could squeeze out of the AOpen 5900XT.  Finding the peak core and memory clock speeds took some trial and error, but in the end we settled for 476MHz on the GPU and 776MHz with the memory.  This made for a gain of an additional 56MHz and 76MHz respectively.  Below we show how these increased core and memory clock speeds affected performance.

As you can see, with AquaMark 3 we managed to increase the frame rates nominally.  Nonetheless, each user's experience can vary greatly when you factor in ambient conditions.

It is not very easy to select a quality mid-range gaming video card at the moment.  There are a slew of cards to choose from, and with Radeon 9800 Pro and GeForce FX 5900 Ultra prices rapidly falling, finding that balance between performance and price can be tough.  In this case, the AOpen GeForce FX 5900XT proved to be a solid choice.  Selling for around $175, the AOpen GeForce FX 5900XT is a good value with added higher clock speeds, oversized cooling, and decent overclocking potential, and all at a price competitive with "stock" 5900XTs.  While some other manufacturers tend to sell their overclocked 5900XTs at a higher price, but AOpen has left the price untouched, offering more performance for your dollar.  We do think the bundle left a little to be desired, with no gaming titles included, but a full version of PowerDVD was included, as was the additional hardware necessary to utilize all of the card's built-in features.

If you are in the market for a good mid-range video card for less than $200, the AOpen GeForce FX 5900XT fits the bill quite well.  With Dual-Monitor support, good gaming performance and ample overclocking potential, we think this card is worth definitely considering.

We give the GeForce FX 5900XT from AOpen a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of 8.5.

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  • Competitive Price
  • Ample Cooling
  • Good Performance
  • Decent Overclocking Potential


  • No Games Included


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