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The BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
128MBs, AGP 8X, and the Muscle to Get the Job Done!

By, Jeff Bouton
December 11, 2003

Head-to-Head Performance With Tomb Raider: AOD
Same Old Lara!

Tomb Raider: AOD

Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness is one of the more advanced DirectX games currently available.  We've recorded a custom demo run of Lara jogging through an indoor garden area of the "Prague3" map. When using the Pixel Shader 2.0 code path, this area of the game utilizes a DOF (depth of field) blurring effect to enhance your sense of depth and size. We ran our custom demo at 1024x768 and at 1600x1200 using both the Pixel Shader 1.4 and 2.0 code paths (with and without 4x anti-aliasing in the PS 2.0 tests).

              BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra

In the Pixel Shader 1.4 tests, the BFG 5700 Ultra came within 3.5 FPS of the 9600XT.  In the Pixel Shader 2.0 test, the gap widened, leaving the BFG card running 10FPS behind the ATi card.  Once 4X AA was enabled, both cards dropped a fair share of frames, with the Radeon 9600 XT still maintaining the lead by 5 frames per second.

              BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra

Once we increased the resolution to 1600x1200, the scores evened out somewhat, with the Radeon 9600 XT holding the lead by a much tighter margin overall.

Overclocking With The BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra 128
Fast is Good.  Faster is Better!

Overclocking the BFG GeForce FX 5700 Ultra yielded some decent performance gains.  With our particular card, we managed to hit a maximum of 537MHz for the core speed, increasing a solid 12%.  With the memory speeds, we managed to increase the default 906MHz to over 1.03GHz, a gain of 14%.  We re-ran the Gun Metal benchmark at 1280x1024 to give us an idea of what effect these gains had on overall performance.

               BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra

As you can see, Gun Metal benefited nicely from the increased clock speeds.  What was interesting was the 12-14% increase in GPU and Memory respectively resulted in an increase in performance of over 24% in Gun Metal.

As we rounded out our testing, we've concluded that The BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra is an impressive mid-range video card.  With improved DirectX 9 capabilities and a refined .13 micron manufacturing process, the card is both efficient and powerful.  It's performance was quite competitive compared with the Radeon 9600 XT, which should help to restore some faith in NVIDIA based products, for the mainstream segment as well.  The card offered good gaming performance and surprised us with equally good overclocking potential.  Physically, the card was sharp, with quality cooling and RAM sinks added for improved heat dissipation.  The bundle that accompanied the card was fair, although the lack of a current gaming title was a bit of a let down, from a company that claims to be building cards "built by gamers".  Keep in mind that ATi recently upped the ante by offering Half-Life 2, when it becomes available, which may be a deciding factor for some users.  For BFG however, their ace is that they offer unlimited 24/7 support and a full lifetime warranty on all of their products.  This can be a real attraction in the end for some.  What if the card fails after it is formally discontinued as a product offering?  Users may end up with not only a replacement card, but an upgrade.  We wonder what the replacement card would be if the card failed in 5 years?  Maybe we'll check back in 2008 and find out!

We are quite pleased with the quality and performance of the BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra and think it is a wise choice for those looking for an affordable DX9 solution.  This model can be found for less than $200 online and can provide great performance at a modest price point. 

As a result, we'll give the BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of a 8.5


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