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

Est. Street Price: $180-190

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Splinter Cell

It's nice to have a DirectX 9 game that can still stress the hell out of today's video cards. The problem that Splinter Cell presents is that it was designed to run on the NVIDIA powered XBOX. Sure enough, the PC port enables an enhanced dynamic lighting system for NVIDIA based GPU's. When benchmarking Splinter Cell to compare NVIDIA and ATI hardware, be sure to force the Shadow Projector lighting system to ensure an level playing field.

Just like the UT2K3 tests, I am going to give an average of all 3 levels used in the default benchmark, to give an idea of overall performance in the game. Ultra high settings were used - we're going to try to finish these cards off once and for all!

As usual, the 5700 Ultra enjoys a spot at the top in this resolution.

With the resolution increased to 1600x1200, the 9600XT is once again at a disadvantage due to its low memory bandwidth


But as we saw before, the awesome performance of the 9600XT's filtering puts it ahead of the 5700 Ultra in this case.

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