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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [06.15.04]
Manufactured by: Albatron

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To the Window! To the Wall!

So let's get down and dirty like Christina Aguilera - well, maybe not that dirty - with some benchmarks.

We're going to play around on my usual test setup.

Processor: AMD Athlon XP Throughbred "B" 1700+ @ 2.0GHz (2400+)
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X nVidia nForce2
Memory: 2x256MB Kingston HyperX PC3500
Hard Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB 7200rpm 8MB cache

Using the latest release drivers from ATi and nVidia.


As with previous generations of cards, the two competitors in the 9600XT and 5700P Turbo exchange blows in each category with neither having a distinct overall upper hand. The 9600XT trumps the 5700P Turbo in multi-texture fill rates as well as pixel shading while the Turbo has better results in single texture fill rate and vertex shading.

The 9800 Pro, of course, smokes both of them by a huge margin. That's the difference between high-end and budget - other than the extra $200.

Aquamark 3

Now this will be my first time using the Aquamark 3 benchmark which is a joy since it will spank these new recruits with some tough DX9 lovin'.

*Filtered settings are: 4x Antialiasing, 8x Anisotropic Filtering in 1024x768

The ATi 9600XT card bests the 5700P Turbo by a significant margin in this last test, keeping the framerate high even with advanced filtering.

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