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NVIDIA Extends Performance and Technology Leadership with GeForce FX 5900 Ultra


Industry Influencers Agree:  GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is the Fastest GPU Ever

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SANTA CLARA, CA—JUNE 24, 2003—Coming on the heels of a successful launch of the GeForce FX 5900 series, top hardware editors worldwide have praised the new NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5900 Ultra graphics processing unit (GPU) as the undisputed leader in performance, image quality and compatibility for the enthusiast PC gaming market.

Based on the groundbreaking GeForce FX architecture, the award-winning GeForce FX 5900 Ultra GPU combines a new 256-bit memory interface with an advanced 0.13-micron process for ultra-high clock frequencies, resulting in a performance advantage over competitive products by up to a 67% margin in the latest benchmarks.

“The GeForce FX 5900 (Ultra) is able to outpace the (nearest competitor) in all relevant benchmarks and can reclaim the performance throne for NVIDIA,” said Lars Weinand, graphics card editor for Tom’s Hardware Guide (, an internationally known leading hardware Web site. “The card offers unrivaled full scene antialiasing (FSAA) speed combined with very good anisotropic filtering (AF) image quality and performance, thanks to the new Detonator™ FX driver, giving it a comfortable lead over its rival.” 

“NVIDIA’s 256MB GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is the fastest graphics accelerator on the market,” said Brandon Bell, editor in chief, of hardware for Firing Squad ( in the United States. 

“With GeForce FX 5900 Ultra NVIDIA takes the lead with the fastest 3D graphics-accelerator,” said Sascha Faber, senior technical editor, PC Professionell in Germany.

“GeForce FX 5900 can certainly claim the performance crown in the industry,” added Shao Zhen, editor of hardware reviews for PCPOP Online ( in China.

“The GeForce FX 5900 is the fastest card in all resolutions, under all conditions, but it really begins to pull ahead with antialiasing turned on, especially at the higher resolutions,” said Howard Ha, editor for Neoseeker ( in Canada. “The GeForce FX 5900 is the fastest card we have ever tested.”

Brian Evans, editor in chief of United States based 3DGPU agreed ( “The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is the fastest card we have ever seen.”

“NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra shows unbeatable performance and is the king of graphics boards,” wrote Shinjiroh Kaku, senior editor for ASCII Plus Magazine in Japan (June 24 Issue).

In addition to stunning performance, the GeForce FX 5900 GPU features the industry’s only true 128-bit color precision, delivering studio-quality color to the PC market; NVIDIA® CineFX™ 2.0 engine with second-generation pixel shaders; NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ technology for accelerated rendering of lighting and shadows; and NVIDIA® Intellisample™ HCT for unprecedented anisotropic filtering and antialiasing, all of which enables unmated image quality across all 3D applications.

“In the above charts we clearly showed you that NVIDIA’s AF technique is superior to (the nearest competitor) when it comes to overall quality,” wrote Kyle Bennett, editor in chief at HardOCP ( also in the United States.

“With the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, NVIDIA makes a strong comeback—their new baby is very comfortable with a combination of 4X FSAA and 8X AF and it takes pleasure in vaporizing the competition,” remarked Julien Jay, technical editor for Clubic in France (

“The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra easily wins the high resolution tests and tests with 4X FSAA and 8X AF enabled,” concurred senior hardware editor Andrew Stiff, in his review for Sudhian Media in the United States (

AnandTech ( praised NVIDIA for the stability of its world-renowned Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)—the industry’s only true binary-compatible software architecture, ensuring software compatibility and stability, enabling the industry’s most reliable graphics platform.

“NVIDIA’s Detonator FX drivers improve performance across the board for all GeForce FX cards,” wrote Anand Lal Shimpi, editor in chief of AnandTech, headquatered in the United States.  “We encountered no issues with the Detonator FX drivers.”

“Judging by of price, performance, stability and the new enhancements to the core, you simply can’t go wrong with a GeForce FX 5900 Ultra,” summarized Vijay Anand, technical writer for Hardwarezone (, Asia’s leading IT hardware Web site based in Malaysia.

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