Nvidia GeForce FX 5900

Introduced: 2003-05-12

Description: Successor to NV30 formerly known as NV35 with 4x2 architecture and a 8x1 mode for single texturing. Internal register file twice the size of that of NV30, removing a known bottleneck. NV30 differences from Tom's:

  • DDR(-I) memory at 425 MHz instead of DDR-II memory at 500 MHz
  • Memory bus widened from 128 to 256 bits
  • Memory bandwidth of 27.2 GB\/s (NV35), up from 16 GB\/s (NV30)
  • GPU clockspeed decreased from 500 MHz to 450 MHz
  • Ultra versions of the FX 5900 will carry 256 MB RAM
  • New, much less noisy cooling solution
  • CineFX gains new "UltraShadow" feature and is now called CineFX 2.0
  • IntelliSample optimizations, especially color compression, have been improved and renamed IntelliSample HCT (High Compression Technology)
  • In addition to the FX 5900 Ultra 256 MB ($499 ESP), a standard FX 5900 128 MB ($399 ESP), and a GeForceFX 5900 Value 128 MB ($299 ESP) will also be offered.

Some rumours indicate that the core includes Pixel Shader 3.0 support, even if no drivers support it.

Type: Graphics [Roadmap] [Timeline]

State: Released

Quick Specs

Process130 nm
Core speed450 MHz
Transistors130 M
Pipelines8x1 or 4x2 (app. dep.)
MemoryDDR425, 256 bit, 27.2 GB/s
Fill rate3.6 Gtex/s
Triangles/s315 M
Vertex shaders2.0+
Pixel shaders8 x 2.0+

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2004-09-06 GPU Cheatsheet - A History of Modern Consumer Graphics Processors: For our next installment of the Cheatsheet series, we explore modern graphics processors and their relative performance, die size and other tidbits. AnandTech [rm]

2004-06-04 Nvidia MXM pictured The Inquirer [rm]

2004-04-27 What Went Wrong with NV3x: A Moratorium AnandTech [rm]

2004-04-14 GeForce 6 Series Tech Article: NVIDIA's next generation part codenamed NV40 is here. We cover the technical information on this new GPU and explain what it all means to you.  HardOCP [rm]

2004-02-17 Nvidia unwraps PCI Express graphics chips The Register [rm]

2003-12-22 NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Outperforms Intel Pentium 4 10GHz?: Do Something Useful with Your GPU... Xbit Labs [rm]

2003-11-30 nVidia roadmap presentation Other [rm]

2003-11-02 nVidia presentation slips out into the open...: Page 3 and 7 includes roadmaps while other pages describe the GeForce architecture and product development cycle. Later removed. Other [rm]

2003-10-01 Ready For The Winter Games: ATI Radeon 9800 XT: Also compares 9800 and GeForce 5900 Tom's Hardware [rm]

2003-09-29 3D chipset specifications: Great graphics chip overview Other [rm]

2003-09-11 Nvidia's code names explained: Principles behind the nv-numbers cracked... The Inquirer [rm]

2003-09-01 Geforce FX 5900 Ultra, NV35 supports pixel shader 3.0 The Inquirer [rm]

2003-08-12 NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 in 3ds max 5 Xbit Labs [rm]

2003-08-07 Gainward CoolFX 1600 Geforce FX 5900 Ultra Water Cooled The Inquirer [rm]

2003-07-25 Nvidia's Quadro FX3000G gives it an edge The Inquirer [rm]

2003-07-22 Nvidia powers up high-end Quadro FX The Register [rm]

2003-07-03 NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Now Available at Major Retailers Nvidia [rm]

2003-06-23 NVIDIA Extends Performance and Technology Leadership with GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Nvidia [rm]

2003-05-28 PNY Verto GeForce FX 5900 Ultra reviewed The Inquirer [rm]

2003-05-23 ATI Technologies' New VPU to Overshadow NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 This Fall Xbit Labs [rm]

2003-05-16 NV35 will ship in June The Inquirer [rm]

2003-05-15 Update: Nvidia NV35 Out Next Week ExtremeTech [rm]

2003-05-12 NVIDIA's Back with NV35 - GeForceFX 5900 Ultra: Includes an interesting discussion on GPU architecture, DX7/8-9 differences etc. AnandTech [rm]

2003-05-12 NVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra: The Way FX is Meant to be Played!! Tom's Hardware [rm]

2003-05-12 NVIDIA Unveils New GeForce FX GPU--The Industry's Fastest Graphics Processor: NV35 launched Nvidia [rm]

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