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Power Color 9800 Platinum Edition - Manipulated Radeon 9800 Pro - Benchmarks - Overclocking

After doing a little digging, we quickly discovered that the 9800 Platinum Edition is nothing more than a Radeon 9800 Pro GPU which is cut-down a little to help reduce the retail price for consumers. The 9800 Platinum Edition only uses a 128-bit memory bus compared to the 256-bit on the "true" 9800 Pro and the memory speed is a little slower on the Platinum Edition by around 40MHz (80MHz DDR) which gives the "true" 9800 Pro the ability to push about 2GB more bandwidth per second.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 23, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: TUL

Overclocking

 

To give you an idea of the type of performance increases you will see when overclocking the 9800 PE, we have provided some results.

 

To recap, we were able to obtain a maximum stable core clock speed of 398MHz which is just 18MHz over default (or about a 5% overclock). On the memory side of things we were able to obtain a maximum stable memory clock speed of 365MHz which is 65MHz over default (or about a 22% overclock).

 

3DMark2001 SE

 

 

In our first synthetic overclocked benchmark we can see that the overclock provides just over a 16% performance increase which could have been higher if the core overclocked further than it did.

 

Unreal Tournament 2004

 

 

A more realistic benchmark shows us that the overclock only provides us about a 7% increase in performance in a real-world circumstance.

 

Doom 3

 

 

We have seen this before with Doom 3 in the initial stages - it loves fast memory. We can see that we just over a 13% increase in performance which in this case could mean the difference between a playable gaming experience and not.

 

Far Cry

 

 

It would seem Far Cry doesn't thrive on highly clocked memory as much as Doom 3 since we only see about a 6% increase in performance.

 

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