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Sapphire Radeon 9600XT Review - Conclusion

For those who have been looking for performance on a budget, the recent release of the Radeon 9600XT was a true blessing. Today we look at the Sapphire version of this very VPU. Come join us as we see see if the lower cost still leaves you with enough performance to satisfy the gamer in all of us!

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 17, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Sapphire



As I finish up testing this video board, I can't help to wonder how they managed to get such good power in a package that is currently retailing for US$172. Granted the card came in dead last in every test, but that was expected. What wasn't expected was the range between performance levels.


With 128MB of a very good quality memory, not only can you get some very workable numbers from the default settings, but you can get even more with its effective overclocking capabilities. Though I expected a bit more from the memory modules, I didn't expect nearly the levels I received from the VPU core itself. Overall a very nice touch.


The cooling is smallish, but effective. There was very little sound put out by the fan used, but if you prefer a total quiet solution you can look into the Sapphire 9600XT Ultimate Edition, which will feature heatpipe cooling instead of the active type.


Bottom line...If you're looking for solid performance but don't have a boatload of money to spend on your next video board, then you have definitely found your dream card. With good performance and a price that is about $30 less than other 9600XT boards available, you just can't go wrong.


- Pros


Less expensive than other 9600XT boards


Playable frame rates with AA/AF enabled


Excellent overclocking of core


Very good performance


Decent software


- Cons


Memory overclocking a bit off


Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Best Value Award





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