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  • Chaintech Apogee 5700 Ultra Video Card Review
  • Chaintech Apogee 5700 Ultra Video Card Review



    The market for mid-range video cards is very fierce and though many hardware enthusiasts shy away from mid-range video cards the greater population finds the price for performance ratio to be very appealing, not to mention it's not uncommon to also get a very overclockable piece of hardware.
    The focus of this review will be around the nVidia GeForceFX 5700 Ultra offering from Chaintech. As some of you may know the FX5700 is a replacement chip for the 5600 that comes with a variety of upgrades in performance and hardware offerings.
    GeForce FX5700 Ultra Specs
    GeForce FX5700 Ultra
    0.13u process technology
    128-bit advanced memory interface
    128MB DDR2 SDRAM
    256-bit graphics architecture
    475 MHz engine clock
    900 MHz memory clock
    356 Million vertices/ sec
    1.9 Billion texels/ sec fill rate
    14.4 GB/sec memory bandwidth
    4 pixels per clock rendering engine
    16 texels per pixel with 8 textures applied per clock
    NVIDIA CineFX 2.0 Engine
    The Apogee AA5700U is based on the nVidia reference design and features a rather large 2 fan copper heatsink and Chaintech branded heat spreader on the back. The PCB is dark brown in color so it really won't match anything but another Chaintech product or a Sound Blaster Audigy. (note: I don't actually condone the use of Sound Blaster cards, though if your into that sort of thing then go ahead wink smile)
    Video connectors on the Apogee AA5700U consist of a single 15-pin D-sub VGA, a single DVI-I and a 4 pin S-Video port. The video board has been screened to accept all of the commonly available FX5700 features like Dual DVI-I and VIVO processor. Dual DVI is one of those options that you normally find on high-end workstation cards though it has started to gain some traction in the mainstream video market. Even though its usefulness is still limited to those with LCD panels it wouldn't surprise me if more companies start to implement Dual DVI on their cards in the near future.