XFX GeForceFX 5600 Ultra



XFX is a division of Pine Technologies that produces high end gaming video cards and motherboards. They sent over a GeForceFX 5600 Ultra for me to review which is about the midline of the GeForceFX family. Below the 5600 Ultra would be the normal 5600, 5200 ultra, and 5200. Above this 5600 Ultra there is the 5800, 5800 Ultra, and 5900. Recently I have reviewed a GeForceFX 5200 Ultra but was not very impressed with it due to the fact that it is a low-end budget card. This 5600 Ultra is not low-end so it should be able to do an impressive job with all the testing it will receive.

Below is a comparison chart between the GeForceFX 5600 and 5600 Ultra. The two main differences between the cards is that the core on the 5600 is 325MHz while the 5600 Ultra is 400MHz. The memory is also running faster on the 5600 at 800MHz while the regular 5600 is at 550MHz. Both the core and memory speeds are quite faster on the 5600 Ultra which will really show a performance difference.

Graphics Engine FX5600 FX5600 Ultra
Process 130nm 130nm
Core Clock 325MHz 400MHz
Memory Clock 550MHz 800MHz
Memory Interface 128 bit 128 bit
Memory Bandwidth 8.8 GB/s 12.8 GB/s
Pipelines x tex. unit 4 x 1 4 x 1
Fillrate (pix. & tex./sec) 1.3 billion 1.6 billion

Features and Benefits:

CineFX Engine
Powers cinematic effects beyond imagination. With advanced vertex and pixel shader capabilities, stunning and complex special effects are possible. In addition, increased horsepower delivers faster and smoother game play. The 2nd-generation CineFX 2.0 engine of the GeForce FX 5900 GPUs powers more advanced pixel shaders.

High-Precision Graphics
By combining the incredible dynamic range of today’s state-of-the-art 3D motion pictures with 128-bit studio-precision color, the GeForce FX GPUs bring you the industry’s best image quality for the most demanding applications.

Intellisample Technology
The industry’s fastest and highest quality antialiasing delivers ultra-realistic visuals, with no jagged edges, at lightning-fast speeds. The 2nd-generation Intellisample HCT, supported in GeForce FX 5900 GPUs, extends performance and quality gains to higher resolutions and antialiasing levels.

nView Multi-display Technology
The nView hardware and software technology combination delivers maximum flexibility for multi-display options, and provides unprecedented end-user control of the desktop experience. NVIDIA GPUs are enabled to support multi-displays, but graphics cards vary. Please varify multi-display support in the graphics card before purchasing.

Provides double the bandwidth of AGP 4X-2.1GB/sec. vs. 1.1GB/sec. AGP 8X enables more complex models and detailed textures, creating richer and more lifelike environments. Uninterrupted data flow allows for smoother video streaming and faster, more seamless gameplay.

Digital Vibrance Control (DVC)
Allows the user to adjust color controls digitally to compensate for the lighting conditions of their workspace, in order to achieve accurate, bright colors in all conditions. Currently this feature is not available on Mac systems.

Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Guarantees forward and backward compatibility with software drivers. Simplifies upgrading to a new NVIDIA product because all NVIDIA products work with the same driver software.

Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Optimizations and Support
Ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all DirectX 9 applications.

OpenGL® 1.4 Optimizations and Support
Ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all OpenGL applications.
Industry’s fastest RAMDACs support QXGA displays with ultra-high, ergonomic refresh rates.

DVI Support
Able to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays with up to 1600×1200 resolution.

Integrated TV Encoder
Provides best-of-class TV-out functionality for resolutions up to 1024×768.

Integrated Full Hardware MPEG-2 Decoder
Delivers full-frame, full-screen MPEG-2 video on your desktop.

New 64-phase Video Scaler
Highest quality for scaling DVD and other video to full-screen HDTV resolutions.

Architected for Cg
Ensures that the newest, cutting-edge special effects in applications will run flawlessly. Speeds up content creation so game developers can get their new games out to PC users faster than ever before.