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Power Color 9800 Platinum Edition - Manipulated Radeon 9800 Pro - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark2001 SE

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.

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

Test System System


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Socket 754


Motherboard(s): Shuttle AN51R nForce3 250GB (Supplied by Shuttle)


Memory(s): 1x 512MB Corsair PC4000 PRO LED (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System Used: Microsoft Windows XP SP1


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.9 and DX9c


All of our testing was conducted with Vertical Sync disabled and the rest of the driver settings were left at their defaults.


To give you an idea of where the Power Color 9800 PE is standing in terms of performance against other Radeon graphics cards in the market, we compared against a 9600 XT Bravo from Power Color, regular 9800 XT from GeCube and X800 PRO from Gigabyte.


Let's begin with the benchmarks!


3DMark2001 SE


Version and / or Patch Used: Build 330


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3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.




In our first set of synthetic benchmarks you can see that the 9800 PE has a fair lead over the 9600 XT but is left a long way behind by the 256-bit and higher clocked 9800 XT.


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