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NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra

NV38 A1
Graphics Processor
Pixel Shaders
Vertex Shaders
256 MB
Memory Size
Memory Type
256 bit
Bus Width
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Image NVIDIA NV38 A1 Image
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 A1 graphics processor, in its FX 5950 Ultra variant, the card supports DirectX 9.0a. The NV38 A1 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 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 A1
GPU Variant: FX 5950 Ultra
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: 475 MHz
Memory Clock: 475 MHz
950 MHz effective


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: 4
ROPs: 4
Pixel Rate: 1.900 GPixel/s
Vertex Rate: 356.3 MVertices/s
Texture Rate: 1.900 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
Pixel Shader: 2.0a
Vertex Shader: 2.0a


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ASUS V9980 Ultra 475 MHz 475 MHz Single-slot