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Gigabyte GV-R96X128D 9600XT Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-R96X128D 9600XT Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
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Abstract: How many people got a new videocard this holiday season? If you did, it will probably be the last AGP based videocard you get, considering PCI Express is just around the corner.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 05 2004   Colin Sun  
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Gigabyte GV-R96X128D 9600XT Videocard Review

How many people got a new videocard this holiday season? If you did, it will probably be the last AGP based videocard you get, considering PCI Express is just around the corner. Yup, the dawn of a new graphics interface is just around the corner. These are exciting times to be sure, and in this review we'll be exploring Gigabyte's latest mainstream videocard called the GV-R96X128D.

Based on the ATI Radeon 9600XT GPU, the Gigabyte GV-R96X128D should be up to some pretty decent performance numbers, and more than well suited for those of us on a hardware budget. The card comes with a rather nice software bundle which includes; Tomb Raider: TAOD, Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, Will Rock and of course a coupon to download a full version of Half Life 2! For good measure Gigabyte also toss in a full version of PowerDVD 5 software.

Because the GV-R96X128D supports TV-Out, the box of goodies also includes an S-Video to S-Video/Composite cable and DVI to analog converter. With twin monitor jacks already, a DVI-to-Analog converter allows you to potentially hook up two analog monitors to the GV-R96X128D for a wide screen desktop, or just wide screen gaming.

Gigabyte GV-R96X128D

Includes:

Users Manual, S-Video to S-Video/Composite Cable, DVI to analog converter, PowerDVD, Will Rock, Tomb Raider TAOD, Raven Shield, Driver CD, Half Life 2 Coupon

The layout of the Gigabyte GV-R96X128D videocard is exactly the same as the reference Radeon 9600XT, except perhaps for the signature blue-coloured PCB. If you were to place the Gigabyte GV-R96X128D and the GV-R96128D (Radeon 9600 Pro) side by side, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference!

It's not bad that most videocards these days are based on a reference design. Doing so saves the manufacturer R&D time, ensures better validation because the chip makers PCB design is utilized, and generally allows the videocard to come to market faster.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-R96X128D
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte GV-R96X128D 9600XT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  GPU cooling and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark03
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: GunMetal 2
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AA
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AF
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AA+AF
 Pg 13.  Gigabyte's Mainstream 9600XT

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