Asus V9950 Ultra GeForce FX 5900 Ultra

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The Asus V9950 Ultra - GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
The First Single-Slot Ultra to Hit Our Lab...

By - Marco Chiappetta
September 9, 2003

Recently it seems as though NVIDIA has made a few wrong moves, that got them a ton of bad press. First, there was the whole 3DMark03 situation. Then came the Unreal Tournament 2003 filtering "bug". These issues along with all of the resulting commentary were significant and had to be discussed, but they distracted many people from the fact that NVIDIA's NV35 GPU was a very noteworthy product.  With the NV35, now named the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, NVIDIA eliminated most of the 5800 Ultra's shortcomings. The 5900 Ultra enjoys the benefits of a 256-bit wide memory bus and some tweaks to the manufacturing process allowed them to use a much quieter cooling solution. This, in addition to the fact, that the 5900 Ultra is faster then a 5800 Ultra in virtually all meaningful benchmarks, means serious enthusiasts should consider the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra for any high-end gaming rig.

Today on HotHardware.Com we're going to take a look at Asus' take on the NV35, the V9950 Ultra. This card sports 256MB of high-speed memory and a custom cooler that won't eat up your first PCI slot.  Read on to see what we thought of Asus' current flagship video card...


Specifications & Features of the Asus V9550 Ultra
NVIDIA's Flagship GPU (For Now)
NV35 and GeForce FX 5900 Ultra:
  • .13u Manufacturing Process
  • 256-Bit GPU - 450MHz Clock Speed
  • Flip-Chip BGA Package with copper interconnects
  • Up To 8 Pixels Per Clock Processing (or 4x2 depending on circumstance)
  • 1 TMU Per Pipe (16 Textures per unit)
  • 256-bit Memory Architecture
  • CineFX 2.0 for Cinematic Special Effects
  • "UltraShadow" Hardware Shadow Acceleration
  • 2x floating point pixel shader performance of NV30
  • 256-bit Memory Architecture
  • 256MB of DDR/DDR2
  • 2nd Generation compression & caching
  • 256MB High Speed Frame Buffer
  • AGP 4X/8x
  • DVI + VGA + TV / VIVO
  • Full DirectX 9.0 & OpenGL Support


  • CineFX 2.0 for Cinematic Special Effects
  • Intellisample HCT - Next Generation Antialiasing, Anisotropic Filtering and Compression
  • Hardware Acceleration for Shadows
  • Full DX9 Compliance
  • 64-Bit Floating-Point Color
  • 128-Bit Floating-Point Color
  • 2 x 400MHz Internal RAMDACs
  • Long Program length for Pixel and Vertex Shading
  • Unified Vertex and Pixel Shading instruction set
  • Unified Driver Architecture
  • nView 2.0 - Multi-Display Technology
  • Digital Vibrance Control 3.0


  • 850MHz DDR

  • 256-Bit Bus Width

  • 128MB & 256MB Memory Capacity

  • 3rd. Generation Lightspeed Memory Architecture

  • Effective bandwidth - 27.2GB/s actual @ 850MHz





The V9950 Ultra shipped with a very complete assortment of bundled accessories and software.  For those looking to run a dual analog monitor setup, Asus includes a DVI-to-DB15 adapter, otherwise the card is equipped with single DB15 and DVI connectors (CRT + LCD).  A standard S-Video cable is also included to compliment this card's TV-Out capabilities.  There is quite a bit of software included with the card as well.  Aside from the obligatory User's Manual and Quick Start Guide, we found a driver / utility CD, which obviously contained drivers, but it also had some useful utilities like Asus' SmartDoctor program.  Basically, SmartDoctor gives users the ability to overclock their card but we're still partial to using CoolBits (call us minimalists!). 

Asus also included a copy of their AsusDVD XP playback software and a "Games Power" CD with demos of some recent games like Splinter Cell, Big Mutha Truckers and Warcraft III.  Lastly, three complete games were also bundled with the V9950 Ultra; the DX9 game Gun Metal, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down and Battle Engine Aquila.  Overall, we feel Asus did a good job with configuring the V9950 Ultra's bundle.  It seems like Asus covered all of the bases.

Next Up - The Card & Some Eye Candy 

Tags:  Asus, GeForce, Ultra, force, fx, ULT

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