GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Preview

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The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 
A Preview And Performance Analysis With NVIDIA's New Killer

By - Dave Altavilla
May 12, 2003


Sliding back into Direct X game play, we have Comanche 4 from Novalogic, a Military Copter Sim that is big on pretty graphics and fun factor but light on realism.

Comanche 4 and Unreal Tournament 2003 Testing
Direct X 8 Gaming At Its Finest


Once again, this test is definitely CPU limited and even our fast 3GHz P4 Canterwood setup can't drive the polys fast enough to allow these cards to stretch their legs.  However, the NV35 is taking a short nap here and only pulls ahead of the Radeon 9800 Pro at 1600X1200 with AA enabled.  We're not sure why this is but again, we would have to point to driver optimization as the cure.


Unreal Tournament is a lot more demanding on the Graphic subsystem as well as the CPU.  We ran some high quality optimized fly by demos in the Antalus map, for some high resolution, high IQ gaming benchmarks.

Again the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra roars past the Radeon 9800 Pro by a solid 20% but the gap closes when 8X Aniso Filtering is enabled and the lead drops to 14%.  Surprisingly, the NV30 is holding up fairly well here too, versus a R9700 Pro.

Now here's a twist, we're exposed to a crushing 32% lead by the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra at 1600X1200 without AA or AF running.  However, turn on 4X AA and the R9800 Pro gets right in the rear view mirror of the GFFX 5900 Ultra.  Enable 8X AF on top of that and the Radeon 9800 Pro squeaks by.  As the old saying goes, "what's up with that"?  We did this to show you the effect high levels of Ansio Filtering have on the NVIDIA cards.  At 8X AF, the wind is really taken out of the NV35's sails.  NVIDIA still seems to have some work to do, as far as AA and AF goes, both in IQ and in driver optimization.  Having said that, in our opinion, 4X AF is the sweet spot, in terms of image quality and frame rate trade offs.

Speaking of optimization, did someone say overclocking?

Overclocking and The Wrap-Up

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