What ram does the 5700U use?


Jul 13, 2003
I was noticing in other threads how often it comes up about the rams speed in nanoseconds for the radeon cards. So seeing that many seem to indicate that the ns speed of the ram can have a huge effect on a cards overclocking ability it made me wonder what the ns speeds are for the 5700 Ultra from the various manufacturers. I'm mostly curious about MSI's 5700 Ultra since I've seen a nice price of $247.47CN ($191.48US) for the boxed version at a local store where I am. Other manufacturers that sell the card where I am that I'd like to know about are Gainward(most expensive), Chaintech, and eVGA. I'd probably prefer to get a FX5900XT card but no one sells any where I am except one place who sells Leadtek's FX5900 LX for $290CN ($224.48US).

I know quite a bit about the Radeon cards so I'd like to know more about the FX series ability to overclock and who uses good ram.
I'm not sure what the ram is on my card. The heatsinks cover the ram completely.

It is a BFG 5700Ultra. Overclocks fairly well from a stock setting of 475/906 to my stable overclock to 580/980. Will reach 600/1000, but with lots of artifacts.

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The FX5700U has limited overclocking overhead. The memory is already running pretty fast at it's rated speed. Usually the memory is 2.2ns Samsung DDRII on the Ultras, and the 2.86ns and 2.5ns DDR(I) memory on the non-ultras. <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/gffx-31.html" target="_new">HERE</A>'s the Chaintech review with pics from Digit-Life. <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/nv38-36.html/nv38-36.html" target="_new">In the REFERENCE REVIEW</A> there's the same memory on the FX5700U. Of course it would be nice to have that 2ns stuff from the 5950. The <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/gffx-34.html" target="_new">MSI review</A> shows the same stuff. A few FX5700s listed <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/gffx-35.html" target="_new">HERE</A> in this Digit-life review. And the <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/gffx-30.html" target="_new">Albatron FX5700</A> review.
Two 5900SE/XT/LX/CP/EPV/ABC123 reviews <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/gffx-32.html" target="_new">the first</A>, <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffx/gffx-27.html" target="_new">the second</A> reviews from Digit,

Gainward is the top nV mfr IMO, offering lots of nice features, and very well built cards. Depending on the price diff. it may be worth the extra money.

Digit-life has the best description of boards IMO.

Anywhoo, hope that helps.

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