There is a good question: "If prices are so high, does it mean that someone needs it?" This simple phrase carries much sense. If this concerns mainstream products, then it means that traders make money on the poor of the country this question is set is. But what if it refers to something exclusive?
Would you buy an oncoming product A which is worse and more expensive than similar product B from another company? I think, no. Then why does this A cost an arm and a leg? The question is very complicated. In the Leadtek GF FX 5800 Ultra review Leadtek GF FX 5800 Ultra we started discussing it and today we will continue. But first have a look at the list of reviews of the most complicated NVIDIA'a product, even ill-fated to some degree and looking very tiring for all NVIDIA's partners - NV30 (GeForce FX); the list also covers the reviews of the FX 5200/5600.
One of our writers has recently raised a question why we feed the industry like blind people or zombies - we throw a great heap of money into the insatiable PC to stuff it with new cards, boards, and other various devices of IT giants. Actually, the DirectX 9.0 is not needed for anyone except the developers. But hardly any user lost the chance of having this API on his or her ... Voodoo3 or TNT2. "Why?" - "Just to have it there".
The GeForce FX 5200 is not very speedy, it's sometimes worse than even the GeForce4 MX, but it supports DirectX 9.0. Right after its launch the PC-related forums were overfilled with questions like - Should I replace my RADEON 9000? Or even RADEON 9500? No, it's not users' stupidity or incompetence. It's zombieing. The RADEON 9500 fully supports everything the GeForce FX is able of! Besides, the GeForce FX 5200 is slower! "But no! It's still GeForce FX!" It's a deadlock! Barrow! Californian pyramid where mummies of NV1, NV4, NV10 are lying...
"GeForce be praised!" Huang is a genius... he was able to create a company out of a small group of people who left SGI, and its products are now extolled. Certainly, the RADEON will also become an icon soon for many to pray to.
"You shall not make for yourself an idol!" This expression was first glorified but then they under the glass in the museum - just like a curious trifle - and kicked off making idols. The presidents of the companies idolized are giving long performances just to make users stuff fire-spitting devices into their PC cases. But the summer is coming closer... And PR agencies have already started complaining that such devices are dying because of overheat... One of them is already embalmed and sent to the iXBT's museum... However, zombieing is stronger...
We can endlessly speak about the negative effect of the informational pressure, when you get something named VIDEO CARD or 3D ACCELERATOR instead of a fridge which is really needed in your house. Otherwise, the Unreal won't be so... irrealistic, and 3DMark won't give so high score... Do you really need that all? - Let's go back to the question in the very beginning: "If the prices are so high, then someone needs it".
If a video card is priced at $500, then either the traders are self-murders willing to go broke, or the cards produced are few, and some will be ready to pay $500 for such an unforgettable (noisy) wonder.
We can discuss disadvantages of the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra yet for a long time, blame it for its poor drivers, crippled AA in some games, quality/speed options rearranged, victory of the ATI's competitor which runs at the lower speed and heats less, and complain about the price of $500 (on our local market). But this will change nothing. It does sell at such prices. Moreover, there is a certain shortage of this product on the market.
Testbed and drivers
VSync off in drivers, texture compression off in applications. Texture detail set to High Quality.
As for 2D quality, the card together with the ViewSonic P817 monitor and BNC Bargo cable showed excellent quality at the following resolutions and clock speeds:
|MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X||1600x1200x85Hz, 1280x1024x120Hz, 1024x768x160Hz|
Test results: 3Digest
February 2003 summary diagrams of videocards performance with the latest drivers
Overclocked cards are marked red, clock speeds follow 'o/c' sign.
For the summary diagrams we used drivers v42.82 for NVIDIA cards, v6.307 for ATI cards, v3.10.58 for SIS cards and v1.03.01.002 for Matrox cards.
First of all, I must say that it makes no sense to test such cards separately: the outcome will be the same until new drivers able to change the situation are launched. That is why the information from our 3Digest is enough.
The box's design and the accessory pack are a good match for such an expensive card. The card itself is just a copy of the reference sample with MSI's logo. Everything that could be said was said in the reviews listed above. The card heats very much, the cooler works noisy in 3D and stands idle in 2D, that is why you should provide the proper ventilation.
But I want to warn the vendors against hiking the prices because this is not the most powerful accelerator for the beginning of May (in the middle of the month we will get another one). However, the price will be affected by the fact that the GeForce FX 5800 processors are not many in number.
Andrey Vorobiev (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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