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SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

"In this article we test the Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9600 against the Inno3D GeForce 5200 Ultra, Inno3D GeForce 5200 SE and MSI GeForce4 Ti4200. Software used was:- 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, GL Excess, Nvidia Dawn, Comanche4, Max Payne 2, Quake 3, Serious Sam SE, Unreal Tournament 2003 and X2 The Threat."
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

Embodying the unbridled dreams of the avid gamer the Radeon 9600 Atlantis Smartshader 2.1 and Smoothvision 2.1 technologies construct detail rich worlds peppered with ill-intentioned villains brought to life by DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 2.0.

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 FEATURES

128MB DDR memory accelerates the latest 3D games. Double Data Rate memory removes hardware performance bottleneck and provides end users with faster 3D graphics. Industry's only 4-pipeline graphics solution in its 2nd generation, providing twice the rendering power of any currently competing product.

Supports the new AGP 8X standard, providing a high-speed link between the graphics board and the rest of the PC (2.0 GB/sec). First to fully support DirectX 9.0 and the latest OpenGL functionality. New Smartshader 2.1 technology allows users to experience complex, movie-quality effects in next-generation 3D games and applications.

Smoothvision 2.1 technology enhances image quality by removing jagged edges and bringing out fine texture detail, without compromising performance. 128-bit floating-point color precision allows for a greater range of colors and brightness.

Unique Videoshader engine uses programmable pixel shaders to accelerate video processing and provide better-looking visuals. ATI's new Fullstream technology removes blocky artifacts from Streaming and Internet video and provides sharper image quality.

NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY SPEED AGP SPEED
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 RV350 325MHZ 128MB 400MHZ DDR 8x
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA NV34 325MHZ 128MB 650MHZ DDR 8x
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE NV34 250MHZ 128MB 400MHZ DDR 8x
MSI GEFORCE4 Ti4200 NV28 250MHZ 128MB 512MHZ DDR 8x
NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY SPEED AGP SPEED

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 2500
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v4.2
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v53.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8X
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC2700 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

NVIDIA DAWN

SAPPHIRE RADEON 960041
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA20
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200
COMMENT "The MSI GF4 Ti4200 was unable to run this demo because it doesn't support DX9 and the Inno3D GeForce 5200 Ultra was unavailable for testing. ATI video cards aren't usually able to run this demo but after a google search it was working perfectly. The Sapphire Radeon 9600 was able to put in a great result and the demo ran smoothly at over 40fps."

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

SAPPHIRE RADEON 96008400
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA9119
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE5456
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420010202

3DMARK 2003

SAPPHIRE RADEON 96002405
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA1919
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE1090
MSI GEFORCE4 TI42001481

GLEXCESS

SAPPHIRE RADEON 96006518
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA7311
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE4798
MSI GEFORCE4 TI42006710
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 ULTRA
INNO3D GEFORCE 5200 SE MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200
COMMENT "The Sapphire Radeon 9600 slips into 3rd place with the DX8 benchmark 3dmark 2001 SE behind the Inno3D GeForce 5200 Ultra and MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 video cards. However with the DX9 benchmark 3dmark 2003 it's able to storm past the other three video cards and into first place. With the opengl benchmark GL Excess the Sapphire Radeon 9600 slumps back into third place but only 192 points behind the second placed MSI GeForce4 Ti4200."
BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2001 SE

1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

GLEXCESS5

1024x768 Resolution
Scene 1 Intro
Scene 2 Waver
Scene 3 Facescape
Scene 4 Exploding Logo

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

PAGE 1 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 MAX PAYNE 2 AND QUAKE 3
PAGE 3 SERIOUS SAM SE AND UT 2003

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