While ATI and NVIDIA are constantly battling for that much acclaimed, imaginary high-end performance crown awarded by graphics gurus and reviewers, the mainstream market still remains relatively important for both the manufacturer and the consumer. Not everyone has the money or the necessity to own a 9800XT or 5950U, and so it is important that ATI and NVIDIA release mainstream accelerators that are both profitable and valuable to the consumer. Today, we're looking at the 5700 Ultra-TD128, a $209 (USD) video card that's more in-line with what most people are looking to put in their systems, both in features and price.
The release of the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra last October marks NVIDIA's reentry into the mainstream graphics market. The previous 5600Ultra clearly could not handle DirectX9 applications as well as the competition, despite being touted as "designed for DirectX 9," and guaranteeing "powerful 3D experiences, with blazingly fast performance." The 5700U however, based entirely off NV35 technology, supports CineFX 2.0 for advanced pixel shaders, floating-point shader operations, and greater vertex processing power. Basically, the 5700U is a 5950U with a 128-bit memory interface with a lower core and memory clock.
FX 5950 Ultra
FX 5700 Ultra
3.8 billion texels/sec.
1.9 billion pixels/sec.
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"Dominate your games with the power of the NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5700 GPUs. Powered by advanced NVIDIA® technologies including the CineFX™ 2.0 engine, UltraShadow™ technology, and the ForceWare™ unified software environment, the GeForce FX 5700 delivers high-performance, cinematic gaming, unmatched features, rock-solid stability, and compatibility with next-generation games."
Micro-Star International is a NVIDIA authorized solution provider. Rated the number 1 world wide VGA card manufacturer by Goldman Sachs Global Equity Research (3/6/03), their product line consists of seven different FX5200s, eight FX5600s, four FX5700s, four FX5900s, and one FX5950 Ultra.
"The globally acclaimed MSI™ high performance Graphics cards have established tremendous favorable comments and popularity among the major professional media and consumers all over the world for a long time. MSI™ has won "The World's Largest Graphics Card Manufacturer Laurel Award" for two years in a row. The MSI™ Graphics cards demonstrate the industry-leading standards in 3D graphics process performance, heat dispersal technology, and stability. MSI™ Graphics cards have established high quality and high performance models."
MSI makes just one Ultra for each level FX, and today Dev Hardware will be looking at the USD $209 MSI 5700 Ultra-TD128.
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