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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra

Graphics Processor
Pixel Shaders
Vertex Shaders
256 MB
Memory Size
Memory Type
256 bit
Bus Width
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Image NVIDIA NV35 Image
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, 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, 4 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
Architecture: Rankine
Process Size: 130 nm
Transistors: 135 million
Die Size: 207 mm²

Graphics Card

Released: Oct 23rd, 2003
Production Status: End-of-life
Launch Price: 499 USD
Bus Interface: AGP 8x

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock: 450 MHz
Memory Clock: 425 MHz
850 MHz effective


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: 4
ROPs: 4
Pixel Rate: 1.800 GPixel/s
Vertex Rate: 337.5 MVertices/s
Texture Rate: 1.800 GTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 8.6 inches
218 mm
TDP: 59 W
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
Pixel Shader: 2.0a
Vertex Shader: 2.0a


Our review database contains 11 reviews of the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.

Retail boards based on this design

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