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VIDEO CARDS

FX 5900 Ultra vs. R9800 Pro
By: SPeeD
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    2003-10-08

    Table of Contents:
  • FX 5900 Ultra vs. R9800 Pro
  • Setup and Benchmarking
  • Benchmarking Part 2
  • Benchmarking Part 3
  • Benchmarking Part 4
  • Benchmarking Part 5
  • Benchmarking Part 6
  • Conclusion

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    Quite simple really. We take nVidia's top offering and pair it up against the current top offering from ATi and let them duke it out till the bitter end. Who will come out on top? We'll see. Admittently, this is not a 100% fair comparison as the GF FX 5900 Ultra is a 256MB Card and the FIC/ATi 9800 Pro is only a 128MB part. Still, we believe the differences would only be slight and should still make for a great head to head battle to see which could be the superior card to have in your box.

     

    Manufacturer:

       nVidia / ATi
      Product:   GF FX 5900 Ultra vs. Radeon 9800 Pro

    Price:

       USD $499  $399

    Written By:

       SPeeD

     

    GeForce FX 5900 Ultra vs. Radeon 9800 Pro

     


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    Introduction

    Quite simple really. We take nVidia's top offering and pair it up against the current top offering from ATi and let them duke it out till the bitter end. Who will come out on top? We'll see. Admittently, this is not a 100% fair comparison as the GF FX 5900 Ultra is a 256MB Card and the FIC/ATi 9800 Pro is only a 128MB part. Still, we believe the differences would only be slight and should still make for a great head to head battle to see which could be the superior card to have in your box.

    Recently we have reviewed both cards but are quite curious (as I'm sure our readers are also) how they will compare together when running several benchmarks of varying degrees. Let's get this fight started!


    In this corner!

    We have the BFG GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256MB Asylum video card. Recently reviewed here on OCAddiction, the nVidia NV35 based card impressed us quite a bit. Does it have what it takes to challenge the mighty ATi Radeon 9800 Pro? We'll soon see. Here are a few key specs of the GF FX 5900 Ultra.

     

    Specifications

    • GPU NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5900 Ultra
    • Bus Type AGP
    • Memory 256MB DDR
    • Core Clock 450MHz
    • Memory Clock 850MHz (Effective)
    • RAMDAC Dual 400MHz
    • API Support Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, OpenGL
    for Microsoft® Windows®
    • Connectors VGA, DVI, VIVO
    • 338 million vertices/sec.
    • 27.2GB/sec. memory bandwidth

     

    Features at a Glance
    • AGP 8X (compatible with 4X and 2X AGP 2.0
    compliant slots)
    • Up to 8 pixels per clock rendering engine
    • Up to 16 textures per pass
    • NVIDIA® CineFX™ 2.0 engine
    • Microsoft® DirectX ® 9.0 with Vertex Shader 2.0
    and Pixel Shader 2.0
    • NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ technology enhances performance of bleeding-edge games that use
    complex shadows

     


    And in this corner!

    We have the FIC Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Video Card. Boasting quite a few new features to keep the competition at bay, can it keep the current video card crown? Lets take a look at the specs of this card.

    Specifications

    Memory 128MB DDR
    Core/Memory Clock 380MHz / 340MHz
    Memory Interface 256 bit
    Max Res 2048 x 1536 x 75Hz (Impressive.....)
    Advanced 3D Features including Smoothvision™2.0, Trueform™2.0 Smartheader™2.0, Hyper Z™2.0, Videoshader™ (and king of buzzwords™)
    Bus AGP 8x / 4x
    Display support CRT, DVI-I, TV-Out, VGA Connector
    API Support DX9.0, OpenGL
    OS WinME, Win2k, WinXP
     


    At a glance comparison

     

     

     

     ATI Radeon 9800 PRONVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra
    Chip Technology256-bit256-bit
    Process0.15 Micron0.13 Micron
    Transistors~107 Million (?)130 Million
    Memory Bus256-bit DDR256-bit DDR
    Memory Bandwidth21.8 GB/s27.2 GB/s
    Pixel Fillrate3.04 Gigapixel/s- Texelrate (Color+Z): 1800 texel/s
    - Z-rate (Z): 3600/s
    - Stencilrate: 3600/s
    - Texturerate: 3600/s
    Anti Aliased Fillrate18.2 Billion AA Samples/s~27.2 Billion AA Samples/s
    Max FSAA Mode6x4x
    Triangle Transform Rate380 M Triangles/s315 M Triangles/s
    AGP Bus4x/8x4x/8x
    Memory128MB256MB
    GPU Clock380 MHz450 MHz
    Memory Clock340 MHz (680 DDR)425 MHz (850 DDR)
    MemoryBGA 2.8nsBGA 2.0ns
    Vertex Shader4FP Array
    Pixel Pipelines84 for color & Z
    8 for z
    8 for stencil
    8 for texture
    Texture Units Per Pipe11
    Textures per Texture Unit816
    Vertex S. Version22.0+
    Pixel S. Version22.0+
    DirectX Generation99.0 (+)
    FSAA ModiMultiSamplingMultiSampling
    Memory OptmizationsHyper Z III+LMA II Optimized
    Color Compression
    OptmizationsSmartShader 2.1
    SmoothVision 2.1
    IntelliSample HCT
    Display Outputs22
    Chip Internal Ramdacs2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz
    Bits per Color Channel1010
    SpecialTV Encoder On-Chip; FullStream
    Adaptive Filtering
    F-Buffer
    TV Encoder On-Chip
    Extended Progammability
    Adaptive Filtering
    UltraShadow
    Estimated Price$399$499

     

     

    Well, I'd say the cards look very evenly matched. Even though our particular R9800 Pro only has 128MB of memory, we are confident that the given tests will show very little (if any) benefits from the added 128MB of additional memory on the FX 5900 Ultra. Still, we will try to take this into consideration when possible. Benchmarks anyone?

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