The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra card
I could tell you once more the story of the ill-fated NV30 chip that the NV35 replaces, or I could point you to my review of the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra. But I couldn't tell it any better than NVIDIA's CEO told Reuters last week:
Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said the company will launch its new graphics chip, code-named 'NV35,' next week. It will replace the company's prior top-end product, code-named NV30, which Huang said was unsuccessful.Ahem. Let's move on, because NVIDIA certainly is.
Here's a look at the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra reference card design.
The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra reference card Source: NVIDIA
As you can see, the Dustbuster is gone, replaced by an interesting cooler design with a blower and some angled fins. NVIDIA says air flowing over these fins creates a Bernoulli effect to enhance cooling. (I can't wait to see the card lift up and fly across the room in the middle of an intense gaming session.) As you can probably tell by looking, the reference card is about the same dimensions as a typical GeForce4 Ti 4600 card. However, like the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra, the 5900 Ultra will eat up both an AGP slot and an adjacent PCI slot. Frankly, so long as it's not too loud, I'm OK with that. This new design ought to be a big improvement. Owners of Shuttle XPC systems and other small-form-factor PCs may beg to differ, though. The FX 5900 Ultra's extra-wide body won't fit into many of those systems.