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Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard Review

Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Asus' mainstream Radeon A9600XT comes packing 128MB of Samsung memory, and includes a DVI connector and DVI-to-analog converter.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Dec 07 2003   Colin Sun  
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Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard Review

ATi's Radeon 9000/9000 Pro was never really received that well since it was basically a cut down version of the 8500 core. The Radeon 9500/9500 Pro came next, and that VPU offered excellent value. Though as it was based on the same R300 core as the 9700 Pro, it wasn't very cost effective to keep producing them. Eventually ATi released the Radeon 9600 Pro, and since is' core is built using 0.13 micron manufacturing, it is also inexpensive to produce. With the release of the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra GPU, ATi simply raised the core speed of the Radeon 9600 Pro to 500 MHz, gave it a new name, and thus, the Radeon A9600XT was born.

Asus has been a supplier of nVIDIA based videocards for as long as I can remember... there were a few SiS cards here and there, but Asus has generally only been nVIDIA-only when it comes to videocards. With nVIDIA behind the eight ball for so long, consumer demand dictated that ATi-based Asus videocards would have to come out sooner or later. I suppose this is a sign of the times, as many other tier one manufacturers have also indicated they are adopting ATi GPUs into their previously nVidia-only videocard inventories.

Asus Radeon A9600XT

Includes:

Installation Guide, Software Reference Guide, CD Software Pack, VIVO Breakout Box, DVI to analog converter

Asus' mainstream Radeon A9600XT comes packing 128MB of Samsung memory, and includes a DVI connector and DVI-to-analog converter. These little DVI-to-analog converters always come in handy, especially if you want to configure dual analog monitors. If you've ever wanted to connect the PC to a Television, you'll be happy to know the Asus Radeon A9600XT videocard is also fully VIVO compatible!

The software package that comes with the Asus Radeon A9600XT is also quite impressive, including; PowerDirector, AsusDVD, Ulead Cool 3D, UleadExpress SE 4.0, Asus Medi@ Show SE 2.0, a six game demo CD and two full versions games (Battle Engine Aquaila and Gun Metal). Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the Asus Radeon A9600XT also comes with a Half Life 2 coupon that will allow you to download the full game via ATi's website when it's released! Not too shabby at all!

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Contents of Article: Asus Radeon A9600XT
 Pg 1.  — Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Up close and personal
 Pg 3.  Asus Smart Doctor2
 Pg 4.  What's the difference?
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001SE and 3DMark03
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III w/AA
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III w/AF
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III w/AA+AF
 Pg 15.  Asus' newest mainstream videocard

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