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Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard Review

Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
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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What's the difference?

Image Quality Tests

When it comes to gaming, frames per second isn't the only thing on our minds. Just like you, we demand that the image quality be excellent as well. We're going to be comparing the Asus Radeon A9600XT's image quality to the Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra, one of its mainstream competitors. You'll be able to see for yourself how the cards handle 4x Antialaising, 8x Anisotropic filtering and with both AA and AF enabled.

Click on each image to see the full size image quality comparisons.

Radeon A9600XT - 4x AA vs. FX 5600 Ultra - 4x AA

Radeon A9600XT - 8x AF vs. FX 5600 Ultra - 8x AF

Radeon A9600XT - 4x AA, 8x AF vs. FX 5600 Ultra - 4xAA, 8x AF

Anti aliasing of the Radeon A9600XT is clearly superior and I've blown up a section from the wing in 3DMark03.



2x Zoom Asus Radeon 9600XT top, Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra below

The Radeon A9600XT's image is much smoother than the FX 5600 Ultra. Anisotropic filtering with both videocards was very good, but I think it's too close to call a clear in this case.

So what's the difference between the 9600 Pro and XT?

The Radeon A9600XT is essentially a 9600 Pro with an 'overclocked' core. If you remember with our Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro , it was clocked at 400 MHz core, 300 MHz memory, and the highest we could overclock it was 490 MHz.

Thanks to improved manufacturing yields the Asus Radeon A9600XT's core is now clocked at 500 MHz by default. Memory stays the same at 300 MHz, and the Asus A9600XT uses the same Samsung 2.8ns BGA DRAM that's found on the 9700 Pro/9800 Pro line of videocards.

Overclocking & Asus:

As always, we started to overclock the Asus A9600XT core first but we didn't really know what to expect from it. Going up slowly 5 MHz at a time we easily passed the 530 MHz and 540 MHz marks. Amazingly with stock cooling we were able to hit the 553 MHz mark, but anything higher and the core would start to artifact while running through the benchmarks.

With the same 2.8ns Samsung memory that's found on the higher end Radeon videocards we had some high hopes in terms of overclocking. Unfortunately they didn't seem to be up to the task as the highest we could push the memory was 341 MHz. Like the core, anything higher and it would start to cause artifacts.

Unlike some nVIDIA videocards, we were able to run both the core and memory at their maximum overclocks without any problems. Now, let's check out those benchmarks!

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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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