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What does FX means?

By thehacker ยท 5 replies
Aug 25, 2007
  1. Hi guys,
    may be a very silly question but i really dont know what does FX means regarding graphics cards. Like mine is AGP 128mb 5200 fx. they also come in 6600fx, 7400fx etc etc. so what does FX denotes here??
    thanks in advance
  2. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I would say that it is just the graphic card series "identification". I don't think it really means anything. FX is just one of the many series names, like GT and GS. I could be wrong but that is what I would say it means. :D
  3. yakwhacker

    yakwhacker TS Rookie Posts: 31

    i agree sam :) it's a little weird if you think about it.
  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    FX is what Nvidia used in naming a series of their cards. 5000 series and another more expensive one I believe. There are no 6600fx, 7400fx, etc.
    FX5200, FX5500, etc

    Normally is like GeForce xxxx etc
    LE, GS, GT, GTS, GTX, Ultra
    8800 Ultra
    something like that
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    It is a marketing association, created by whizbangs, rather than engineers or designers. It refers to the old movie days of the 40's 50's and 60's when it was short for Special Effects and Special Affects.
    FX was added on, after the design parameters... and it generally associates those with a certain series of processors and processes... You can usually assume they will perform in similar ways, with performance of one in a series, a bit better than the previous one...
    As in most marketing, they go a bridge too far... as they try to squeeze every last bit of buzz out of them. It is hell to think up a new series that gets the attention of users, journalists, promoters, and sales grunts in quite the same way.
  6. thehacker

    thehacker TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 116

    Ohh...I thought FX means like GPU frequency or something. like 5200 Fx means 5200 k/m/g hz frequency of GPU operation....:)
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