NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5950 Ultra GPU

David Lee Roth's video card arrives. Err.. wait.

TODAY NVIDIA IS refreshing its GeForce FX line at the top end and in the mid range. The new mid-range GeForce FX 5700 Ultra is arguably the biggest news, but the burden of spending time with the $499 graphics cards has fallen to me this time out. (Geoff gets to play with the $199 cards.) NVIDIA's new flagship card is the top-of-the-line GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, which packs quite a wallop with 475MHz clock speeds and over 30GB/s of memory bandwidth. This upper-middle-class playtoy is the pinnacle of NVIDIA's accomplishments in graphics. But is it fast enough to knock off ATI's brand-new Radeon 9800 XT? We're about to find out.
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