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SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

"Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT review against Sapphire Radeon 9600. Software used for benchmarking was:- Call of Duty, Far Cry, Halo, Max Payne 2, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, Unreal Tournament 2003, X2 The Threat and XIII."
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

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
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

UT 2003

800x600

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT68
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960068

1024x768

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT68
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960057

1280x1024

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT64
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960040

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT51
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960031

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Antalus Benchmark
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT once again delivers a solid performance compared to Sapphire Radeon 9600. Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT's score of 51fps using high image quality settings was especially impressive."


UT 2003

ANUBIS

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT121
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960087

ANUBIS (4xAA & 8xAF)

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT77
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960047

CITADEL

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT57
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960050

CITADEL (4xAA & 8xAF)

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT46
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960030

ORBITAL

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT111
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960099

ORBITAL (4xAA & 8xAF)

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT91
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960055

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "We are using a mixture of video card and cpu limited demos. The Anubis demo shows the biggest difference between Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and Sapphire Radeon 9600, the Citadel and Orbital results are close until you enable 4xaa and 8xaf and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT wins."


X2 THE THREAT

DEFAULT QUALITY

MINIMUM

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT26
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960020

AVERAGE

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT72
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960053

MAXIMUM

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT205
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600125

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT performs well with this game, it's average fps is 27% higher than Sapphire Radeon 9600. The minimum fps results are the most important and both video cards failed reach 30fps."


X2 THE THREAT

DEFAULT QUALITY

MINIMUM

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT13
SAPPHIRE RADEON 96008

AVERAGE

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT39
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960026

MAXIMUM

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT162
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960099

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

COMMENT "Only Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT is able to reach 30fps and Sapphire Radeon 9600 would be unplayable with these high quality settings which is poor."


GAME BENCHMARKS

CALL OF DUTY

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT77
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960068

FARCRY

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT47
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960046

HALO

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT46
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960025

MAX PAYNE 2

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT89
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960084

PRINCE OF PERSIA

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT68
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960043

SPLINTER CELL

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT41
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960039

X2 THE THREAT

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT40
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960036

XIII

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT112
SAPPHIRE RADEON 960076

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600

COMMENT "Using fraps I was able to test a wide range of games, no "real" benchmarks were used so the results should be taken as an indicator of possible performance. Every game was tested using the maximum quality settings and tested in a very detailed part of each game. The performance of Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and Sapphire Radeon 9600 was very close for most of the games tested. Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT did however manage some large victories, it's performance with Halo was 46% higher, Prince of Persia was 37% higher and XIII was 30% higher."

CONCLUSION "Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT's performance was very good and it usually delivered a good performance increase over Sapphire Radeon 9600. It was found that it was also able to deliver a much better minimum frame rate which is very important for smooth gameplay. Another advantage of Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT is that it's memory is clocked 50mhz higher than the regular Radeon 9600 XT. Although I doubt an extra 50mhz will make a huge difference to performance a bit extra never hurts. I tried really hard to think of something negative to say about Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT but failed. Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT is a very good video card and performed very well without any problems. Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT was tested with a wide range of very different games and I didn't encounter any driver or hardware related problems."

SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

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