Video Card Arrives
I received my eVGA Geforce FX 5900 video card yesterday afternoon, proving once again what a great online retailer NewEgg.com is. Every time I have ordered from them, my order arrives quickly. When one considers their large selection and excellent prices, they are unbeatable in my book. I hope they'll be around a long time. This is my first experience with eVGA, the card's manufacturer. They seem to offer nice after-the-sale support as well as a well-designed website. The card included a nice software bundle including the full version of Ghost Recon, some video editing software and NVIDIA's DVD software. While I probably won't use the bundled software myself, it's still a good offering.
I installed the card without a hitch. Since NVIDIA uses a unified driver set, I already had the latest revision (53.03) downloaded. Game performance is markedly improved with the new card, especially in games that utilize DX9 Pixel Shader 2.0 technology like the new Far Cry demo. Far Cry had my previous card screaming for mercy. Now, it's nice and smooth. Also, I was able to run the benchmarks in 3DMark03 without them looking like a slideshow. I nearly tripled my previous 3DMark with a nice score of 4993. It's not as high as it could be, since my two-year old processor (2.2GHz Pentium 4) hampers the score somewhat. But, I'm very happy with the performance of the card. It will definitely keep me happy until I do my full system upgrade later this year.
Also, it turns out that NVIDIA has announced support for PCI Express. They released an announcement early last week that can be found here. It doesn't say anything about future offerings, but it does solidify their support for the new interface. One can deduce from this release that future product offerings will support PCIe as well.