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GeCube 9600 XT All in Wonder - HTPC for the Masses

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 19, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: GeCube

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3200+


Video card(s): nVidia nForce 3 250GB reference (Supplied by nVidia)


Video card(s): GeCube Radeon 9600 XT AIW (Supplied by Kingmax Australia), PowerColor Radeon 9600 XT Bravo (Supplied by PowerColor) and ABIT 9600 XT VIVO (Supplied by ABIT)


Memory: Kingmax 1x 512MB PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)


Hard Disk(s): Seagate 7200RPM PATA (Supplied by Seagate)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.3 and nVidia nForce 409 reference


While this review is not based on just performance we have chosen to include our normal array of benchmarks to give people an idea how the GeCube 9600 XT AIW compares against other Radeon 9600XTs on the market. Due to it having all these features, do you get any performance loss? Are GeCube skimping out on something to be able to fit everything on? Let us have a look how it performs against the 9600XT Bravo from PowerColor and the ABIT 9600XT 256MB which we looked at just the other day.


As far as specifications go all are very similar - both the PowerColor and GeCube card use the same 2.8ns BGA memory from Samsung and ABIT use slightly slower clocked 3.3ns TSOP memory from Samsung.


3DMark 2001 SE


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.




As you can see both of the 2.8ns cards are very close to each other. The 3.3ns ABIT card does lag behind slightly due to the slower memory and TSOP design. All cards score very well overall.


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