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ATI RADEON 9600 XT 128 Meg

By ATI

Review date 10/04/04

 

 ATI has been making great video cards for a long time. Today we are going to take a look at the ATI 9600XT 128Meg. This card can be purchased at any number of retail chains such as,  Best Buy, Comp USA & Circuit City. 

Price:

 Average Price is between $129.00 and $169.00 Retail

Mail Order or the Internet might be less, but remember to add in the shipping costs.

 

 

Product Specs:

 

 For Full Specs and compatibility Click Here

Product Comparison

  RADEON 9600 XT RADEON 9600 PRO RADEON 9600 RADEON 9600 SE
Frame Buffer 128MB DDR 128MB DDR 128MB DDR 128MB DDR
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 64-bit
Rendering Pipelines 4 4 4 4
Pixel Fillrate (Gpixels/sec) 2.0 1.6 1.3 1.3
Engine Clock (MHz) 500 400 325 325
Memory Clock (MHz) 600 600 400 400
Output Connections VGA + TV + DVI VGA + TV + DVI VGA + TV + DVI VGA + TV + DVI

Chart taken from ATI Site HERE

 

 The 9600XT has dual video and digital out but does not come with a digital analog adapter. The Heat sink and fan appear plenty large enough to cool the GPU nicely.

 

 

 

Installation:

 

 Installation is pretty standard, but one thing I did have a problem with was after loading the drivers from the CD, and trying the latest from the ATI site, the graphics had  fuzz and random pixel patterns on the monitor. After a little investigating, I turned down the hardware acceleration on the video card in the display properties and it worked great. It is very possible that the monitor had something to do with the defects,  but changing the settings did wonders.

 

 Other then that, the installation went smooth.

 

Appearance:

 

The card looks great and the packaging is always top notch from ATI. The drivers and documentation were more than satisfactory.

 

 

 

 The quality of the card itself is what you would expect from the high end model of the 9600 class. The Red looks great, especially if your motherboard happens to match.

 

Performance:

 

 Benchmark results show the difference between an older ATI 9100Pro and the ATI 9600XT.

 

 

ATI 9600XT 128 Meg                            ATI 9100Pro 64 Meg XTasy

 

 Before getting into the Benchmarking results, I just wanted to show the two cards and their differences. Both have Dual Video outputs as well as the GPU fan, but the 9600 has a much larger heat sink to dissipate the heat more evenly.

 

3DMark Results

 

 For those of you that are not familiar with 3DMark, it is a line of software geared towards benchmarking PC's and their products, hardware, software, etc. The two tests that were run on the ATI cards 3DMark2001 and 3DMark03 focus on the different aspects of video rendering. 3DMark2001 focuses on  the older version of Direct X 8.0 which is still used in many video games played today. While 3DMark03 is Direct X 9.0 based. All tests are based on a frames per second ratio and on how well the video card renders the images. This might help you understand why both tests are run.

 

3DMark2001 Results

System Configurations

  My System Compared System
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows 2000
DirectX Version 9.0 9.0

Mobo Manufacturer ASUSteK Computer INC. ASUSteK Computer INC.
Mobo Model A7N8X-X A7N8X-X
AGP Rates
(Current/Available)
4x / 1x 2x 4x 8x / 4x 8x

CPU AMD Duron(tm) Processor 2005 MHz AMD Duron(tm) Processor 2005 MHz
FSB 182 MHz 182 MHz
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB

Graphics Chipset ATI RADEON 9100 Series ATI RADEON 9600 Series
Driver Name VISIONTEK XTASY RADEON 9100 RADEON 9600 SERIES
Driver Version 6.14.10.6476 6.14.10.6476
Video Memory 64 MB 128 MB

Program Version 3DMark2001 SE 3DMark2001 SE
Resolution 1024x768 32bit 1024x768 32bit
Texture Format Compressed Compressed
FSAA Disabled Disabled
Z-Buffer Depth 24bit 24bit
Frame Buffer Double Double
Rendering Pipeline D3D Pure Hardware T&L D3D Pure Hardware T&L
Detailed Test Results
3DMark Score
(3D marks)
9713

12746

 

Game 1 - Car Chase - Low Detail
(FPS)
142.4

179.5
Game 1 - Car Chase - High Detail
(FPS)
66.7

70.7
Game 2 - Dragothic - Low Detail
(FPS)
157.9

212.1
Game 2 - Dragothic - High Detail
(FPS)
83.6

126.3
Game 3 - Lobby - Low Detail
(FPS)
149.7

183.4
Game 3 - Lobby - High Detail
(FPS)
72.4

84.6
Game 4 - Nature
(FPS)
38.0

68.2

Fill Rate (Single-Texturing)
(MTexels/s)
743.8

1033.6
Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing)
(MTexels/s)
1837.1

1942.8

High Polygon Count (1 light)
(MTriangels/s)
35.6

60.9
High Polygon Count (8 lights)
(MTriangels/s)
9.1

12.5

Environment Bump Mapping
(FPS)
89.9

197.1
DOT3 Bump Mapping
(FPS)
81.0

143.2

Vertex Shader
(FPS)
87.0

168.5
Pixel Shader
(FPS)
65.0

219.8
Advanced Pixel Shader
(FPS)
61.5

115.7

Point Sprite Speed
(MSprites/s)
25.5

16.8

3DMark03 Results

System Configurations and Project Settings

  Project 01 Project 02
Name ATI 9100 PRO 64 Meg DDR ATI 9600XT 128 Meg DDR
Description Base System SoundWave 182 FSB Base system SoundWave 182 FSB
Date 2004-10-01 2004-10-01
User preitschky@marnscda.com preitschky@marnscda.com
 
General Information
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows 2000
DirectX Version 9.0c 9.0c
Mobo Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC. ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Mobo Model A7N8X-X A7N8X-X
AGP Rates (Current/Available) 4x / 1x, 2x, 4x 8x / 4x, 8x
CPU AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2005 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2004 MHz
FSB 182 MHz 182 MHz
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
 
Display Information
Graphics Chipset ATI RADEON 9100 Series ATI RADEON 9600 Series
Driver Name VISIONTEK XTASY RADEON 9100 RADEON 9600 SERIES
Driver Version 6.14.10.6476 6.14.10.6476
Driver Status WHQL - Not FM Approved WHQL - Not FM Approved
Video Memory 64 MB 128 MB
Core Clock 250 MHz 500 MHz
Memory Clock 250 MHz 297 MHz
 
Sound Information
Sound Adapter Driver Name SB Live! Audio [C000] SB Live! Audio [C000]
Sound Adapter Driver Version 5.12.2.252 5.12.2.252
 
Benchmark Settings
Program Version 3DMark03 Revision 4 Build 0 3DMark03 Revision 4 Build 0
Resolution 1024x768@32 bit 1024x768@32 bit
Texture Filtering Optimal Optimal
Pixel Processing / Antialiasing None None
Post Processing false false
Vertex Shaders Optimal Optimal
 

Test Results

3DMark Score (3DMarks)
Project 01 1355
Project 02 3843

CPU Score (CPUMarks)
Project 01 546
Project 02 671

Game Tests

GT1 - Wings of Fury (fps)
Project 01 82.6
Project 02 132.7

GT2 - Battle of Proxycon (fps)
Project 01 8.6
Project 02 22.9

GT3 - Troll's Lair (fps)
Project 01 9.3
Project 02 21.3

GT4 - Mother Nature (fps)
Project 01 Not Supported  
Project 02 26.5

CPU Tests

CPU Test 1 (fps)
Project 01 66.6
Project 02 76.7

CPU Test 2 (fps)
Project 01 8.8
Project 02 11.6

Feature Tests

Fill Rate (Single-Texturing) (MTexels/s)
Project 01 616.7
Project 02 911.7

Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing) (MTexels/s)
Project 01 1746.7
Project 02 1923.5

Vertex Shader (fps)
Project 01 8.7
Project 02 13.0

Pixel Shader 2.0 (fps)
Project 01 Not Supported  
Project 02 35.6

Ragtroll (fps)
Project 01 5.9
Project 02 14.3

Sound Tests

No sounds (fps)
Project 01 37.2
Project 02 39.9

24 sounds (fps)
Project 01 32.9
Project 02 33.6

 

 As shown in the results, the 9600 run leaps and bounds better in both the Direct X 8.0 and 9.0 testing. The performance of this card is very nice. The 9600 gets a thumbs up for performance.

 

Quality

 

 The 9600xt has been running on a gaming machine for about a week and has been running without glitches. The card itself and the software that comes along with the card are solid there are no bugs or problems at this time. The Quality is more then satisfactory.

 

Pros:

 

 The Price is not to bad it will most likely drop as the 9800 series drops in price as all PC equipment does. But at 149.00 it is a good bargain.

Performance is outstanding especially for the price.

Quality is satisfactory.

 

Cons:

 Driver installation can be a bit tricky so I can't give installation a sta, but it could be much worse.

 

Conclusion::

 

 The ATI 9600XT 128 Meg DDR gets a 5 out of 6 Stars

This card is a sound buy and performs well under Direct X 8 & 9.  It is a good buy for someone not wanting to spend the $300.00 on a ATI 9800 just yet.

 

Review date 10/04/04

 

 ATI 9600XT receives the Blue Ribbon Seal of approval

   

 

 

Company Info:

Link to Support

Canada (ATI Headquarters)
ATI Technologies Inc.
1 Commerce Valley Drive East
Markham, Ontario
Canada L3T 7X6
Tel: 905 882 2600

United States
ATI RESEARCH, INC.
62 Forest Street
Marlborough, Massachusetts
U.S.A. 01752

ATI Technologies Systems Corp.
ATI RESEARCH SILICON VALLEY INC.
4555 Great America Parkway
Suite 501
Santa Clara, California
U.S.A. 95054

 

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