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how many pipelines should my old fx5900 have?

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whilst being bored yesterday after finding my new(2nd hand) x800 is broke i had to put my old gf creative fx5900 back in so i could use my pc again,i used the ati tool and it shows 4 pipelines,is this right?

could have sworn they i read there should be 8 pipelines but as always the card was 2nd hand so maybe its been messed with in the bios,if it should be 8where can i get a bios from to have a play about while my new card comes
the card really struggles on even some older games on unless im on the lowest settings.
its a 128mb agp card on samsung memory,it has tv out(which has never worked)

any help appreciated.

cheers
dave
post #2 of 9
NVIDIA FX 5900

and this Link also.
post #3 of 9
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ok thanks..i think

what is rops=4x2?
pipelines is 3 then?

sorry im still trying to learn all this

cheers
dave
post #4 of 9
The FX has a very special function in pixel and vertex shading similiar to DX10, meaning that it will share the load on the vertes and pixel shaders from what I've heard.

Pipelines are another thing, the 5900 has 4 of 'em.
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I got a fx5950 ULTRA, I was told it was 8 under certain conditions but other times 4?
    
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well i just used the latest drivers from nvidia and something must have clicked because im now getting avg of 101 fps on the ati tool 3d thing on stock settings..i was only getting 30-32 all the other times,gameplay was awful before but just tried it ok soldner and a couple of other games and the difference is night and day..i can actually turn the graphics right up

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well i just used the latest drivers from nvidia and something must have clicked because im now getting avg of 101 fps on the ati tool 3d thing on stock settings..i was only getting 30-32 all the other times,gameplay was awful before but just tried it ok soldner and a couple of other games and the difference is night and day..i can actually turn the graphics right up

dave
What drivers are you using?

*EDIT*
Haha, it even says so in the first part of your post!
Try the 84.56's
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it says forceware version 93.71 in the nvidia panel.

are the 84.56 ones better?

dave
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The FX 5900 is a 2x4 pipeline design, but fuctions as 8x1 when certian conditions are meet. To render in 8x1 required non colored pixels which would reduce the fillrate of this card dramaticlly. When operating on non colored pixels the card could operate at 8x1 but this is not common on modern games.
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