It's amazing how quickly things can
change in the computer industry. A year ago who would have known that ATi could
have beat nVIDIA at their own game and released a whole family of winning chips?
From ATI's highly successful Radeon 9700 Pro to the
budget Radeon 9000 and mainstream Radeon 9500 Pro, the company has all
the bases covered.
With the release of the Radeon 9600 Pro, ATi now has an
economical counter to nVIDIA's GeForceFX 5600. With an approximate retail price
of $207 CDN ($155 US), the Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro is clearly one of the best value videocards on the market.
Even if you're a hardcore gamer, the Gigabyte Radeon
9600 Pro should be able to deliver enough framerates to keep you happy. Of
course if you're a 3DMarker then this card is definitely not for you.
The Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro comes with a fairly decent
software bundle which includes three full version games (Oni, 4x4 Evo and
Serious Sam) and PowerDVD. TV-Output capabilities you can play your favorite
games on the larger TV screen instead.
I would have liked to see Gigabyte include some RAMsinks
on their Radeon 9600 Pro as the memory does get quite warm during operation.
Another thing that was a bit disappointing was that the Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro
is not compatible with older 2x AGP based motherboards. The Gigabyte Radeon
9600 Pro is a fast videocard which can deliver when it counts. When you add in
the overclocking potential of the card things just could not get any better!
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