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NVIDIA GeForce3

Graphics Processor
NV20 A5
Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
1
TMUs
8
ROPs
4
Memory Size
64 MB
Memory Type
SDR
Bus Width
128 bit
The GeForce3 was a high-end graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in February 2001. Built on the 150 nm process, and based on the NV20 A5 graphics processor, in its NV20 A5 variant, the card supports DirectX 8.0. The NV20 A5 graphics processor is an average sized chip with a die area of 128 mm² and 57 million transistors. It features 4 pixel shaders and 1 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 64 MB SDR memory on the card, which are connected using a 128-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 200 MHz, memory is running at 230 MHz.
Being a single-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce3 does not require any additional power connector, its power draw is not exactly known. Display outputs include: 1x VGA, 1x DB13W3. GeForce3 is connected to the rest of the system using an AGP 4x interface. The card measures 165 mm in length, and features a single-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 499 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name
NV20 A5
GPU Variant
NV20 A5
Architecture
Kelvin
Foundry
TSMC
Process Size
150 nm
Transistors
57 million
Die Size
128 mm²

Graphics Card

Release Date
Feb 27th, 2001
Generation
GeForce 3
Production
End-of-life
Launch Price
499 USD
Bus Interface
AGP 4x

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock
200 MHz
Memory Clock
230 MHz
230 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size
64 MB
Memory Type
SDR
Memory Bus
128 bit
Bandwidth
3.680 GB/s

Render Config

Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
1
TMUs
8
ROPs
4

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
800.0 MPixel/s
Vertex Rate
50.00 MVertices/s
Texture Rate
1.600 GTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width
Single-slot
Length
6.5 inches
165 mm
TDP
unknown
Suggested PSU
350 W
Outputs
1x VGA
1x DB13W3
Power Connectors
None

Graphics Features

DirectX
8.0
OpenGL
1.3
OpenCL
N/A
Vulkan
N/A
Pixel Shader
1.1
Vertex Shader
1.1

Retail boards based on this design (1)

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
ASUS V8200 Deluxe 200 MHz 230 MHz 1x VGA