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Chaintech AA5700U Apogee (GeForce FX 5700 Ultra) 

Manufacturer: Chaintech
Supplied by: Chaintech
Price: ~$195.00

by Brian Tiller (2/22/2004)


The ongoing battle between the two VGA giants, ATi and NVidia, is a never ending struggle for the coveted crown of not only the top dawg in the enthusiast circles but also the mainstream market. NVidia's previous foray into this field with their GeForce FX 5600 Ultra lost ground pretty quickly when ATi introduced the 9600XT. But far from being down, NVidia has popped out yet another mainstream card with the 5700 Ultra. Thanks to guys and gals over at Chaintech, we have the chance to take their version, the AA5700U, for a few speed tests.

The 5700 Ultra is based around two key components, the NV36 core and the memory which DDR II. As far as I have been able to tell, the 5700 Ultra is the only video currently out which is using the DDR II memory standards which should give this card an edge over the previous 5600 Ultra. The NV36 core is manufactured using the .13u process with a clock rate at 475MHz. But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here. First we'll give you a peek at the white paper stuff, then talk about the card.


  • NV36 core

  • 128MB of Samsung DDR II memory

  • Core clock speed: 475MHz

  • Memory clock speed: 900MHz

  • 400MHz dual internal RAMDAC

  • AGP 4x/8x support

  • 14.4 GB/sec memory bandwidth

  • NVidia CineFX 2.0

  • Ultrashadow technology

  • Intellisample high-resolution compression technology

  • Advanced pixel shaders

  • 356 million vertices/second

  • Integrated NTSC/PAL TV encoder

  • DVD and HDTV ready MPEG2 decoding

  • Support for dual displays

  • Digital Vibrance control

  • Complete support for DX9 and OpenGL 1.5

Well, isn't that a lot to take in all at once?




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