nVidia GeForce 5900 SE

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“Firing Squad”:http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/evga_e-geforce_fx_5900_xt_review/, “Hot Hardware”:http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/S&V/gffx_5900xt.shtml, “Guru-3D”:http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/112/ and “Tech-Report”:http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2003q4/geforcefx-5900xt/index.x?pg=1 have all reviewed this board (called the GeForce 5900 SE) and the chipset (called the 5900 XT). Go figure this naming convention stuff. You can get it for about $185 right now online.
It is basically a high end GeForce 5900 with slower memory (2.8ns vs. 2.2ns) and slower too (700MHz vs. 850MHz). That being said, it is still 256-bit wide memory so is very fast. It is about the speed of the 5900 and it cost $30 less. (About $180 street right now). It’s less than 10% slower in most cases vs the very fast ATI RAdeon 9800 Pro ($280 street).
Accoridng to “Firing Squad”:http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/evga_e-geforce_fx_5900_xt_review/page13.asp, the only area where it really loses is with antialiasing and anistrophic features turned on. Then the Radeon is much faster (like 20%). So the net is that it is a good value and compete well with the ATI Radeon 9600 XT (about the same price) in performance. Even with 4xAA and 8xAF in 1024x768x32 mode, on Unreal Tournament, the benchmarks are:
| Card | fps |
| Radeon 9800 Pro | 66 |
| Radeon 9800 | 59.5 |
| GeForce 5900 Ultra | 56.7 |
| GeForce 5900 | 51.5 |
| GeForce FX 5900 SE | 50.5 |
| GeForce FX 5700 Ultra | 46.4 |
| Radeon 9600 XT | 45.5 |

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