Based on the nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra chip, the 256MB BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra is aimed squarely at the serious gamer who wants maximum performance with minimal trade-offs. The Asylum delivered very solid performance in our testing and came with a price tag ($480) that matches its pedigree.
Installation is very straightforward thanks to the quick-start guide. But be aware that as with all GeForce FX 5900– and 5950–based cards, the Asylum eats two slots of your PC's back panel and can sometimes impinge upon a PCI card in the slot nearest your AGP slot. The GeForce FX 5950–based designs no longer suffer from the noisy fan that shipped on the nVidia GeForce FX 5800. In fact, the Asylum sports a two-fan heat sink that makes it a good candidate to be overclocked, if that's one of your hobbies. And even with this two-fan design, the Asylum was quiet.
The Asylum delivered performance numbers nearly identical to those of the other high-end cards reviewed here. Considering its higher price and thinner software bundle (the only included utility is nVidia's DVD player applet, NVDVD), however, the others seem to be better bargains.