The MSI FX5950 Ultra, as we mentioned before, has a sunflower
shaped, 2-part radial copper heatsink.
As you can see, MSI continues its tradition with VGA cards, using a red
On the front side of the card, there's a white, semi-transparent
fan that takes in cold air and spreads it in a sophisticated way across
the card's surface.
On the rear side, there's a similar "Free-boundle" fan
and heatsink to provide the same flow of air over some memory modules.
However, in the event the extra fan and heatsink do not allow for easy
installation of the card on the motherboard, MSI discretely
advises removal of the rear fan and heat-sink. After all, most FX5950 powered
graphics cards don't have a rear heat-sink and it was MSI's decision to
it for overclocking purposes,
characterization as "Free-boundle".
Without much hesitation, we removed both fans to take a more
detailed look at the card's layout.
It seems MSI hasn't changed much of NVIDIA's
original reference board design. Here we can see the DDR memory modules
spread around the FX5950
This is how the card looks with the rear heat-sink removed.
The NV38 chipset is hidden behind nVidia's FX5950 cover which we dared not
One of the sixteen Hynix DDR memory chips.
On board we found a Philips video encoder/decoder chipset for the Video-In-Video-Out
Also a DVI transmitter from Silicon Image.