View Full Version : Game PC:"NV36 Hits Retail : Gainward’s Ultra/960 GeForceFX 5700 Ultra"

12-02-03, 07:18 AM
"nVidia is trying to position their new GeForceFX 5700 Ultra processor as 'the new GeForce4 Ti4200'. While it may seem ridiculous to call upon past successes when launching a new product, consumers have been begging for a "new Ti4200" for quite some time now. The Ti4200 card was so incredibly popular as it offered the same processor architecture as nVidia’s higher-end GeForce4 Ti4400 and Ti4600 cards, just at slower clock speeds. In turn, Ti4200 cards were offered with lower price tags, even though many of them could be overclocked to the Ti4600's clock speed levels. Thus, the Ti4200 quickly became known as the price-to-performance card of its time.
The GeForceFX 5700 Ultra is a bit different. It does not have the exact same architecture as nVidia's high-end GeForceFX 5900/5950-series cards, so overclocking a 5700 Ultra would not result in the same performance levels of nVidia's more expensive products. Fortunately, this is not as big of a deterrent as many would believe it to be, as the 5700 Ultra is quite a powerful chip in its own right. The chip has a similar feature set compared to nVidia's previous generation 5600-series, but includes major improvements in terms of both core and memory speeds, and the chip has been equipped to give additional performance in the areas of pixel and vertex shaders, where the 5600 Ultra severely lacked in."
"The Final Word
We’ve never been big time fans of nVidia’s NV3x architecture, but the NV36 core featured in the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra certainly does not disappoint. These cards honestly do give a lot of 3D graphics performance for the dollar, and overall have a much better price to performance ratio in comparison to nVidia’s GeForceFX 5900/5950-series of cards. The card runs better than ATI’s Radeon 9600/XT in the majority of benchmarks, which should be an ego-booster for nVidia. Let’s not forget that the mid-range market makes up for more sales compared to the high-end markets, so this may be more important than many of you realize.
While the 5700 Ultra can’t compete with nVidia’s more expensive chips in terms of raw performance, for most mid-range gamers, the power offered by these cards is more than enough to satisfy today’s gaming titles. As long as you don’t go crazy and crank up the image quality settings to peak levels, the 5700 Ultra runs pretty smooth. Even new titles such as Max Payne 2 and XIII run quite well on this card at 1024 x 768 resolution.

As we see it, the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra is the first worthwhile mid-range upgrade nVidia has done since the GeForce4 Ti4200. The GeForceFX 5600-series was a failure in most gamers eyes, as the performance gap between the mid-range 5600 and high-end 5800/5900 series was HUGE, and the 5600 didn’t handle most new games well due to its lack of pixel/vertex shading power. The 5700 Ultra is certainly a worthy competitor, and will show actual, honest to go performance boosts over the Ti4200/Ti4600 cards of the past. Plus, the fact that these cards have full DirectX 9.0 compatibility doesn’t hurt either.

Gainward’s implementation of the 5700 Ultra core appears to be right on target with what gamers are after. A card that isn’t too expensive which offers efficient cooling, fairly low noise operation, and overclocking abilities. While their bundle is severely lacking in “oomph”, Gainward’s hardware is solid, and they make full use out of the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra core.

No doubt Gainward is looking to have the same success which they had with their Ti4200-line of cards, as Gainward is not just shipping one, but four different 5700 Ultra products, including two with dual DVI ports, a most welcome change. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Gainward applied their CoolFX system to this GPU for a future product, although we have no confirmation of that as of yet. Nevertheless, Gainward appears to be the strongest supporter of the 5700 Ultra as of yet, with a ton of new products hitting the market, all quickly. Good stuff, we say."

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12-02-03, 10:17 AM
Godd read:) im lookin to get the Asylum 5700 Ultra 128mb for 200$

12-02-03, 11:34 AM
How would the asylum compete vs a Radeon 9600 for the same price?

12-02-03, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by TrevGlas
How would the asylum compete vs a Radeon 9600 for the same price?

Woops...forgot the link to the rest of the article. Edited...link is there now so you can see. Kind of eeks by the 9600's.

12-02-03, 02:55 PM
The U960 out preformed the 9600 XT in 4/5 benchmarks.

That's all I know about this card..


12-02-03, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by YeOldeStonecat
Woops...forgot the link to the rest of the article. Edited...link is there now so you can see. Kind of eeks by the 9600's.

What about the 9600 Pro?

12-02-03, 04:29 PM
Wow that is not a bad card actually... I'm not gonna buy another mid range card... next one I buy is gonna be top end.

12-02-03, 04:52 PM
Nvidia needs a NV1000 right about now.