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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.21.04]
Manufactured by: ATI

Est. Street Price: $180-190

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Aquamark 3

Here's the latest, greatest DX9 benchmark to hit the scene. We are using the Pro version, with every detail cranked to the max. This should give us an idea of how these cards will perform in future DX9 games:

In 1024x768, things are pretty much dead even. Let's crank the res and see what happens:

With a higher resolution, the 5700 Ultra's high memory bandwidth shines through. Now we're going to crank on the filtering and see if this bandwidth holds up (one thing that could take it down is the filtering architecture of the card):

With high end filtering enabled, the 9600XT pulls ahead by a pretty wide margin. I wonder if this is going to be a weak spot for this card; typically Radeons have performed extremely well with Anti-Aliasing...

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