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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

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3200+


Motherboard(s): ABIT KV8-MAX3 (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Memory(s): Mushkin 2x 256MB PC4000 (Supplied by Mushkin)


Video Card(s): ATI reference Radeon 9600 XT 128MB (Supplied by ATI), GeCube Radeon 9800 XT 256MB (Supplied by GeCube and Kingmax Australia) and Power Color Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB (Supplied by Altech Computers))


Hard Disk(s): Maxtor 80GB SATA (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 3.8 (no OVERDRIVE) and VIA Hyperion 4-in-1 4.49


We've put the brand new Radeon 9600 XT up against the new high-end Radeon 9800 XT and the older Radeon 9800 Pro each with 256MB of memory onboard. We used ATI Catalyst 3.8 drivers which do not feature the automatic overclocking OVERDRIVE feature. When using Catalyst 3.9 drivers and above with this feature enabled, you will generate slightly higher performance in certain instances.


All settings in the ATI control panel were left as default apart from V-SYNC being disabled. All cards had Fast Writes enabled with under AGP 8x operations. AA and AF settings were not enabled for any benchmarks.


Let's get started!


3DMark 2001SE


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.


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In the first of our benchmarks we can see that the 9800 cards have a fair lead over the 9600 XT by around 21%. Considering these cards retail for around $575 US ($800 AU) and the 9600 XT will retail for only around $250 US ($350 AU), the benefits are clear - Less than half the price but not half the performance!


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