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Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review

Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review - PCSTATS
Abstract: We recently got the chance to take a look at Nvidia's latest graphics processor release, the FX5950 Ultra chip, as thoughtfully provided by Gigabyte in their GV-N595U video card.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 06 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review


We recently got the chance to take a look at Nvidia's latest graphics processor release, the FX5950 Ultra chip, as thoughtfully provided by Gigabyte in their GV-N595U video card. We were eager to see how this card compared to recent offerings by ATI, as well as the older FX5900, since the FX5950 is identical to the FX5900 except for a core and memory clock speed boost. More on this in a moment...

Gigabyte's software bundle for the GV-N595U includes full copies of Rainbow 6: Raven Shield, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness and Will Rock: just Will Rock. Power DVD 5.0 is also included in addition to the drivers. The three recent full games are a welcome addition to the bundle, though maybe not quite so impressive for some as finding a coupon for half-life 2 in with your card. At least you get to play something right away though!

All the necessary cabling is included: a DVI-to-VGA adaptor for using dual monitors, a Y-splitter for the cables from the power supply, in case you have run out of plugs, and an S-video cable with an additional composite plug. The package also includes a breakout box to take advantage of the GV-N595U's VIVO capabilities.

Gigabyte GV-N595U Geforce FX5950 Ultra

Includes:

Installation Guide, Software Reference Guide, CD Software Pack, VIVO Breakout Box, DVI to analog converter

The GV-N595U is a big card compared to its ATI cousins; the FX5950 Ultra is one impressive chunk of mean green metal and plastic. Out of the box, you certainly feel like you are getting your $499 USD worth of gaming muscle. We ran the big green Gigabyte GV-N595U videocard through our benchmark suite, and then through several recent games for good measure. What was the experience like? Read on.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-N595U
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte GV-N595U GeForce FX5950 Ultra review
 Pg 2.  The Nvidia FX5950 Ultra GPU
 Pg 3.  Alternative cooling solution
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the GV-N595U Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Code creatures, AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3, Unreal Tournament 2003
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 9.  Antialiasing and Anisotropic filtering Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AF
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AA+AF
 Pg 12.  Observations and conclusions

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