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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra

Graphics Processor
NV35
Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
3
TMUs
8
ROPs
4
Memory Size
256 MB
Memory Type
DDR
Bus Width
256 bit
The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra was a high-end graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in October 2003. Built on the 130 nm process, and based on the NV35 graphics processor, in its FX 5900 Ultra variant, the card supports DirectX 9.0a. The NV35 graphics processor is an average sized chip with a die area of 207 mm² and 135 million transistors. It features 4 pixel shaders and 3 vertex shaders, 8 texture mapping units and 4 ROPs. Due to the lack of unified shaders you will not be able to run recent games at all (which require unified shader/DX10+ support). NVIDIA has placed 256 MB DDR memory on the card, which are connected using a 256-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 450 MHz, memory is running at 425 MHz.
Being a dual-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra draws power from 1x Molex power connectors, with power draw rated at 59 W maximum. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x S-Video. GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is connected to the rest of the system using an AGP 8x interface. The card measures 218 mm in length, and features a dual-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 499 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name
NV35
GPU Variant
FX 5900 Ultra
Architecture
Rankine
Foundry
TSMC
Process Size
130 nm
Transistors
135 million
Die Size
207 mm²

Graphics Card

Release Date
Oct 23rd, 2003
Generation
GeForce FX
(5900)
Production
End-of-life
Launch Price
499 USD
Bus Interface
AGP 8x
Reviews
11 in our database

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock
450 MHz
Memory Clock
425 MHz
850 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size
256 MB
Memory Type
DDR
Memory Bus
256 bit
Bandwidth
27.20 GB/s

Render Config

Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
3
TMUs
8
ROPs
4

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
1.800 GPixel/s
Vertex Rate
337.5 MVertices/s
Texture Rate
3.600 GTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width
Dual-slot
Length
8.6 inches
218 mm
TDP
59 W
Suggested PSU
350 W
Outputs
1x DVI
1x VGA
1x S-Video
Power Connectors
1x Molex
Board Number
P172

Graphics Features

DirectX
9.0a
OpenGL
1.5 (2.1)
OpenCL
N/A
Vulkan
N/A
Pixel Shader
2.0a
Vertex Shader
2.0a

Retail boards based on this design (1)

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
ASUS V9950 Ultra 450 MHz 425 MHz Single-slot