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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.05.03]
Manufactured by: InnoVision

Est. Street Price: ~$255

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Well things didn't look too good for the 5900 at first, but it sure finished off strong, didn't it! We saw it pull ahead in UT2K3 and Splinter Cell, both real world Direct 3D games.

However other than those two tests, the 5900 fell behind the 9800 Pro more often than not, and was even behind the 9700 Pro in many cases.

Add to that what we saw with Half Life 2 performance, and you're going to have some trouble finding people recommending the GeForce FX 5900.

Since the Radeon 9800 Pro can be had for the same price, and almost always performs better, I would have to recommend it over the 5900.

The GeForce FX chip is becoming something NVIDIA just wants to forget about. I am sure they are moving on now, and hopefully they will come up with something more competetive next time. I just can't recommend this card at this time.


I was able to push this card to beyond 5900 Ultra specs - 460 MHz core (from 400 MHz - the Ultra is 450 Mhz) and 950 MHz memory (from 850 MHz - the Ultra has the same speed ram, but twice as much of it). Quite impressive in my opinion!

As always, results will vary.

How About Inno3D?

Let's not put down InnoVision though! The lower performance of the 5900 notwithstanding, Inno3D offers a nice custom heatsink on their graphics cards, with nice fancy blue LED's. The bundle, while not spectacular, should help buyers discover the power of their new video card.

We'll be keeping our eyes on InnoVision when NVIDIA puts out something a bit more inspiring.

  • Nice dual fan heatsink with funky blue LEDs
  • Stable Drivers

  • Slower than the similarly priced 9800 Pro in almost every case
  • Sometimes even slower than a 9700 Pro
  • Software bundle somewhat lacking
  • Dual fan heatsink is louder than reference design (so it's a tradeoff)

Final Score: 79%