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SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

"Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT review against the Sapphire Radeon 9600. Software used for benchmarking was:- 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, PowerVR, GL Excess and Nvidia Dawn."

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

The terrestrial plane has never been touched by technology the likes which has arrived today. Effects afforded by the world's most complex VPU's in the ATi RADEON 9600 XT core, heralded as belonging to the celestial realm alone, now make their way to the hands of earthlings.

128MB DDR high performance two-channel DDR memory interface accelerates the latest 3D applications. Optimized 128-bit 2D engine with support for new WindowsXP GDI extensions.

3rd Generation Visual Processing Unit comprised of 4 rendering pipelines and 2 geometry engines.

Fully compliant with PC 2002 requirements.

Supports the AGP 8X and AGP 4x standard.

Full support for DirectX 9.0 and the latest OpenGL functionality.

New SMARTSHADER 2.0 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.

THE WHOLE ATI RADEON 9600 RANGE!


NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY
INTERFACE
MEMORY
SPEED
AGP SPEED
ATI RADEON 9600 XT RV360 500MHZ 128MB 128BIT 600MHZ DDR 8x
ATI RADEON 9600 PRO RV350 400MHZ 128MB 128BIT 600MHZ DDR 8x
ATI RADEON 9600 RV350 325MHZ 128MB 128BIT 400MHZ DDR 8x
ATI RADEON 9600 SE RV350 325MHZ 128MB 64BIT 400MHZ DDR 8x
NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY
INTERFACE
MEMORY
SPEED
AGP SPEED

NOTE THE SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT FEATURED IN THIS REVIEW IS THE FIREBLADE VERSION. THIS MEANS THE MEMORY HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 600MHZ TO 650MHZ FOR A NICE SPEED BOOST!


GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 3000
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v4.2
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8XE+
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 1
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

NVIDIA DAWN

1024x768

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT70
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960042

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT39
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960023

NVIDIA DAWN ULTRA

1024x768

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT25
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960016

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT18
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960011

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

COMMENT "The Nvidia Dawn was created by Nvidia to promote the GeForce, we are using it to benchmark the two ATI video cards who are Nvidia's rivals. As you can see the basic Dawn demo is playable on both video cards however with 4xaa/8xaf enabled only the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT can deliver performance above 30fps. When using the demanding Dawn Ultra demo both video cards fail to reach 30fps for smooth frame rates."

POWERVR BENCHMARK

DEFERRED SHADING

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT20
SAPPHIRE RADEON 96006

FABLEMARK

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT36
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960023

TEMPLEMARK

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT164
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600106

VILLAGEMARK

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT144
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960088

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

COMMENT "Here we are again using software designed to promote video cards with nothing to do with ATI. Both video cards struggle with the DX9 benchmark deferred shading which tests the Quad Shading performance of the video cards. The Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT manages a performance increase of 70% over the Sapphire Radeon 9600 which is impressive. FableMark makes use of stencil buffer shading and you can see the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT gains a 37% increase in performance over the Sapphire Radeon 9600."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Vsync Disabled

COMMENT "Things start to get very interesting with the Templemark benchmark which tests the multi-texturing and bumpmapping performance of the video cards using an egyptian scene. Here we clearly see the 36% increase in performance the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT has over the Sapphire Radeon 9600. Villagemark is a benchmark which uses a village scene with lots of overlapped buildings to test for overdraw reduction and texturing performance. Once again the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT shows a clear advantage over the Sapphire Radeon 9600 with an impressive 39% increase in performance."


SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT12465
SAPPHIRE RADEON 96008753

3DMARK 2003

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT3899
SAPPHIRE RADEON 96002430

GLEXCESS

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT9148
SAPPHIRE RADEON 96006864

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

COMMENT "The Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT manages a performance increase of 30% over the Sapphire Radeon 9600 with 3dmark 2001 SE. The performance difference rises to 38% with 3dmark 2003 and then falls to a 25% difference with GLExcess. Therefore the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT delivers great performance with all 3 benchmarks."
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 XT

PAGE 1 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 QUAKE 3 AND SERIOUS SAM SE
PAGE 3 UT 2003 AND X2 THE THREAT

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