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Old 7th May, 2003, 11:00 PM
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nForce2 and FX 5600 256Mb Review

Heres a good review, and lets hope the LATER in the review is right and LETS hope nvidia can pull out some GREAT FX drivers

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First, let's look at NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5600 in general, then we'll address BFG Tech's particular implementation of it.

As a mid-range graphics product, the GeForce FX 5600 has a lot going for it. For as low as $169 online (for the 128MB version), the GeForce FX 5600 is capable of bringing a DirectX 9 feature set to mainstream gamers and mid-range markets. On its own, the GeForce FX 5600 is a solid product that's even capable of running the "Ultra" version of NVIDIA's sexy Dawn demo at what looks like about 25 frames per second. 25 frames per second is definitely better than the slideshow that NVIDIA's budget GeForce FX 5200 produces with Dawn Ultra, giving the GeForce FX 5600 more legitimate DirectX 9 functionality than its low-end cousin.

The GeForce FX 5600, however, does not exist in a vacuum. ATI's Radeon 9500 Pro is still available online for as low as $160 and its replacement, the Radeon 9600 Pro, is just now becoming available for under $195. The Radeon 9500 Pro likely won't be available for long, but with the impressive Radeon 9600 Pro taking its place, the GeForce FX 5600 faces stiff competition regardless.



Performance-wise, the Radeon 9500 and 9600 Pro lay down a beating on the GeForce FX 5600, even when the latter is equipped with 256MB of memory. As far as features go, there are few practical ways that the Radeons are really lacking. The Radeon 9500 and 9600 Pro only support pixel shader programs up to 64 instructions in length (which is the limit of the pixel shader 2.0 specification), and they only offer 96-bit pixel shader precision rather than the 128-bit precision available to the GeForce FX 5600. However, those "onlys" have very little practical value. After all, it will be some time before games and applications start taking advantage of pixel and vertex shader versions 2.0 with regularly, and the 3DMark03 image quality tests suggest that the GeForce FX 5600 doesn't have the horsepower to take full advantage of the extra pixel shader precision it has available.

Really, about the only area that the GeForce FX 5600 has a practical advantage over ATI's mid-range Radeons is in multimonitor software. NVIDIA's nView software is far superior to ATI's Hydravision, which could make the GeForce FX 5600 more appealing to multimonitor fans. Otherwise, I can't recommend the GeForce FX 5600 with a clear conscience; ATI's mid-range Radeons are faster, priced in the same class, and have at least comparable—if not better—image quality. Those only concerned with multimonitor software can always opt for a much cheaper GeForce FX 5200, which also supports nView.

The fact that BFG Technologies' Asylum GeForce FX 5600 256MB is based around the GeForce FX 5600 puts the card at a disadvantage right off the bat. Simply adding extra memory and VIVO ports to the card doesn't make the GeForce FX 5600 GPU competitive with the Radeon 9500 or 9600 Pro. At $249 on Pricewatch, the Asylum GeForce FX 5600 256MB is $50 more than the Radeon 9600 Pro and nearly $80 more than the cheapest 128MB GeForce FX 5600. I'm all for the VIVO port, which is worth a bit of a premium, but the extra memory probably isn't—not for most of today's games. Although 256MB of memory appears to be useful for antialiasing at high resolutions with high detail textures, the GeForce FX 5600 doesn't have the horsepower to produce playable frame rates in those situations.

With competition like the Radeon 9500 and 9600 Pro, there's little reason for gamers, enthusiasts, or even casual consumers to buy a graphics card based on the GeForce FX 5600 today. Newer, more mature drivers from NVIDIA could improve the GeForce FX 5600's performance, but there are never any guarantees in that department. Considering that GeForce FX 5600 cards rigged with 128MB of memory are available for around $169 online, the Asylum GeForce FX 5600 256MB isn't even an especially attractive offering among GeForce FX 5600-based graphics cards (unless you have a particular memory-intensive graphics application in mind for it). If the price on this Asylum card were to drop by a fair amount, the card's extra RAM and VIVO capabilities could make it more appealing than GeForce FX 5600 cards from other manufacturers. At least for now, though, any GeForce FX 5600 will be comparatively slow versus the mid-rage Radeon cards.


These are the Conc. from tech-report.com

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http://tech-report.com/reviews/2003q...0/index.x?pg=1
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