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ATI Radeon 9600 XT VPU - Monster Performance for the Price Conscious

By: Cameron Wilmot | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 24, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: ATI




In the mid-range performance graphics market, ATI have been strong ever since we saw the release of the Radeon 9500 Pro back around 12 months ago. Since then ATI has only improved on their market sector dominance with the release of the popular Radeon 9600 Pro and now the 9600 XT.


This popularity will only continue for ATI with their brand new Radeon 9600 XT VPU. It offers a remarkable cost to performance ratio against the Radeon 9800 XT, as shown in our benchmarks, and at times is even close to matching its performance when overclocked. Image Quality is up there with the best offering higher AF rates than the competition from nVidia. Retailers in Australia have given us an idea of what retail graphics cards based on the 9600 XT will cost and it is less than half what the Radeon 9800 XT 256MB currently costs. This fact will make the Radeon 9600 XT perfect for people who are on a budget but still want quality gaming performance for current and some upcoming game titles.


Add ATI's new OVERDRIVE automatic overclocking feature to the equation with all new ATI drivers and you will only see more performance added to the already impressive product. If you hadn't already noticed, the Radeon 9600 XT comes with great recommendation here at TweakTown and for reasons suggested, it receives our "Must Have" Editor's Choice award for superior Value and Performance in the mid-range performance graphics sector.


Keep 'em coming ATI!


- Pros


Brilliant cost to performance ratio


ATI OVERDRIVE for automatic overclocking


Decent overclockability


Great Image Quality


DVI + TV Output


No external power required


- Cons


Only 128MB, 256MB of RAM would help intensive gaming moments with AA and AF maxed out


Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "Must Have" Editor's Choice award for Value and Performance



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