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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra

Graphics Processor
NV38
Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
3
TMUs
8
ROPs
4
Memory Size
256 MB
Memory Type
DDR
Bus Width
256 bit
The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra was a high-end graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in October 2003. Built on the 130 nm process, and based on the NV38 graphics processor, in its FX 5950 Ultra variant, the card supports DirectX 9.0a. The NV38 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 475 MHz, memory is running at 475 MHz.
Being a dual-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra draws power from 1x Molex power connectors, with power draw rated at 74 W maximum. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x S-Video. GeForce FX 5950 Ultra is connected to the rest of the system using an AGP 8x interface. The card measures 229 mm in length, and features a dual-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 499 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name
NV38
GPU Variant
FX 5950 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

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock
475 MHz
Memory Clock
475 MHz
950 MHz effective

Memory

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

Render Config

Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
3
TMUs
8
ROPs
4

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
1.900 GPixel/s
Vertex Rate
356.3 MVertices/s
Texture Rate
3.800 GTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width
Dual-slot
Length
9 inches
229 mm
TDP
74 W
Outputs
1x DVI
1x VGA
1x S-Video
Power Connectors
1x Molex

Graphics Features

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

Retail boards based on this design (2)

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
Albatron Gigi FX 5950 Ultra Wise Fan 475 MHz 475 MHz Single-slot
ASUS V9980 Ultra 475 MHz 475 MHz Single-slot