We’ll be looking at a retail version of the GeForce FX 5900XT, produced by Albatron and dubbed the Albatron FX5900XTV. We’ll compare it to ATI’s lead mid-ranged video card, the Radeon 9600XT. Let’s take a closer look at the FX5900XTV, and see how well it does when matched up against the Radeon 9600XT.
To ATI and NVIDIA, the value-oriented enthusiast is one of the most important consumers in the video card marketplace. Looking for the best price/performance ratio in his graphics cards, the value-oriented enthusiast looks to have most of the features included in graphics cards that sell for over $ 400, while paying somewhere around half as much. This consumer is important to these two companies primarily because the cards he buys usually have a higher profit margin than their $ 400 counterparts. Neither company wants to lose at any segment in the marketplace, making the sub $ 200 graphics card sector one of the fastest changing and most popular segment of the graphics card industry.
The key thing to remember is that both companies want to be known as performance leaders at all segments of the market. Last year with
NVIDIA losing the flagship GPU battle, the real fight raged on between the GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and the Radeon 9600 Pro. By most accounts, 9600 Pro outperformed the 5600 Ultra and
NVIDIA was stuck with two second class GPU’s. A few months later ATI and
NVIDIA clashed again with the Radeon 9600XT taking on the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, both cards performing very closely but with ATI just barely outperforming the 5700 Ultra at both card’s introductions.
NVIDIA needed a clear winner in this segment and recently introduced the GeForce FX 5900XT, essentially a vanilla version of their GeForce FX 5900 Ultra card. The main difference between the 5900XT and the other cards in the sub $ 200 segment is memory interface, with the 5900XT using the 256-bit memory interface seen with the 5900 Ultras, while the 5700 Ultra and 9600XT use a 128-bit memory interface.
Today we’ll be looking at a retail version of the GeForce FX 5900XT, produced by Albatron and dubbed the Albatron FX5900XTV. We’ll compare it to ATI’s lead mid-ranged video card, the Radeon 9600XT. Let’s take a closer look at the FX5900XTV, and see how well it does when matched up against the Radeon 9600XT.
|GPU|| Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 XT|
|Memory||128MB onboard DDR RAM|
|Memory / Core interface||256-bit DDR|
|Pixels Per Clock||4|
|DirectX 3D Hardware||DirectX 9|
|RAMDAC||Dual 400MHz RAMDACs|
|Output options||DVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output|
|Maximum resolution||2048×1536 @ 85Hz|
Game Demo Disk
Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
Cyberlink PowerDirector 2.5 Pro
DVI to VGA Adapter
S-Video to RCA Adapter
The Albatron GeForce FX 5900XT comes with a solid bundle, one that includes all the necessities and adds a full version game as well. In order to keep costs down, the title is Duke Nukem Manhattan Project, a game most enthusiasts will not go out and buy this card specifically for. Nevertheless, Albatron does a decent job with their bundle once again.