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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900

Graphics Processor
NV35
Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
3
TMUs
8
ROPs
4
Memory Size
128 MB
Memory Type
DDR
Bus Width
256 bit
The GeForce FX 5900 was a high-end graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in May 2003. Built on the 130 nm process, and based on the NV35 graphics processor, 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 128 MB DDR memory on the card, which are connected using a 256-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 400 MHz, memory is running at 350 MHz.
Being a single-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 draws power from 1x Molex power connectors, with power draw not exactly known. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x S-Video. GeForce FX 5900 is connected to the rest of the system using an AGP 8x interface. The card measures 218 mm in length, and features a single-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 399 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

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

Graphics Card

Release Date
May 12th, 2003
Generation
GeForce FX
(5900)
Production
End-of-life
Launch Price
399 USD
Bus Interface
AGP 8x

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock
400 MHz
Memory Clock
350 MHz
700 MHz effective

Memory

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

Render Config

Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
3
TMUs
8
ROPs
4

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
1.600 GPixel/s
Vertex Rate
300.0 MVertices/s
Texture Rate
3.200 GTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width
Single-slot
Length
8.6 inches
218 mm
TDP
unknown
Outputs
1x DVI
1x VGA
1x S-Video
Power Connectors
1x Molex

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 (3)

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
ASUS V9950 400 MHz 350 MHz
ASUS V9950 Gamer Edition 400 MHz 425 MHz
ASUS V9950 SE 400 MHz 350 MHz