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PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Ultra Videocard Review

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Ultra Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Ultra has 128MB of 2.5ns Samsung BGA DDR RAM backing the GPU up.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Power Color Apr 30 2004   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - 1024x768 Flyby
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 2x AA

141.02

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 4x AA

112.58

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 6x AA

84.27
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 2x AF

170.45

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 4x AF

142.99

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 8x AF

137.16

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 16x AF

133.62
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 2x AA, 8x AF

109.56

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 4x AA, 8x AF

90.42

UT2003 - 1024x768 Botmatch
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 2x AA

82.28

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 4x AA

76.43

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 6x AA

59.07

Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 2x AF

83.12

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 4x AF

81.82

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 8x AF

81.27

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 16x AF

80.98
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 2x AA, 8x AF

65.51

PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 4x AA, 8x AF

70.87

UT2003 performance with AA and AF gives acceptable frame rates. You won't want to use anything higher than 2x AA + 8x AF though.

Conclusions: A Mainstream Card with an Edge.

Experienced gamers know that the videocard is the most important part in a killer gaming rig... probably even more so than the processor. Why is that you ask? It's simple, there are a ton of games out there that can make your system crawl if you're using the wrong videocard.

That's why when people write in to ask what type of components they should buy for a gaming system, we tend to recommend they skimp on the processor, and splurge on the videocard!

While ATI's RV360 core is starting to show its age, if you're looking for value, a Radeon 9600XT based videocard is hard to beat. And PowerColor has done an excellent job with their Radeon 9600XT Ultra. It's certainly helped out by the 2.5ns Samsung memory (clocked 40MHz faster than stock speeds) too. We were able to garner a pretty decent overclock out of the 9600XT Ultra, reaching speeds of 542 MHz (core) and 408 MHz memory!

The software package includes a full version of Tomb Raider TAOD to keep you fragging away for a good few hours. It was nice of PowerColor to include all the necessary cables to take advantage of the TV-Output feature on the videocard too. For the moderate gamer, or hardcore gamer on a budget I'm sure the PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Ultra (R96T-C3) will keep you happy. With a retail price of just $216 CDN ($161 US), this card offers a value in a compact package!

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Contents of Article: Power Color R96T-C3
 Pg 1.  PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Ultra Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3, Aquamark3
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 6.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 7.  — Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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