Review date 10/04/04
ATI has been making great video cards for a long time. Today we are going to take a look at the ATI 9600XT 128Meg. This card can be purchased at any number of retail chains such as, Best Buy, Comp USA & Circuit City.
Average Price is between $129.00 and $169.00 Retail
Mail Order or the Internet might be less, but remember to add in the shipping costs.
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Chart taken from ATI Site HERE
The 9600XT has dual video and digital out but does not come with a digital analog adapter. The Heat sink and fan appear plenty large enough to cool the GPU nicely.
Installation is pretty standard, but one thing I did have a problem with was after loading the drivers from the CD, and trying the latest from the ATI site, the graphics had fuzz and random pixel patterns on the monitor. After a little investigating, I turned down the hardware acceleration on the video card in the display properties and it worked great. It is very possible that the monitor had something to do with the defects, but changing the settings did wonders.
Other then that, the installation went smooth.
The card looks great and the packaging is always top notch from ATI. The drivers and documentation were more than satisfactory.
The quality of the card itself is what you would expect from the high end model of the 9600 class. The Red looks great, especially if your motherboard happens to match.
Benchmark results show the difference between an older ATI 9100Pro and the ATI 9600XT.
ATI 9600XT 128 Meg ATI 9100Pro 64 Meg XTasy
Before getting into the Benchmarking results, I just wanted to show the two cards and their differences. Both have Dual Video outputs as well as the GPU fan, but the 9600 has a much larger heat sink to dissipate the heat more evenly.
For those of you that are not familiar with 3DMark, it is a line of software geared towards benchmarking PC's and their products, hardware, software, etc. The two tests that were run on the ATI cards 3DMark2001 and 3DMark03 focus on the different aspects of video rendering. 3DMark2001 focuses on the older version of Direct X 8.0 which is still used in many video games played today. While 3DMark03 is Direct X 9.0 based. All tests are based on a frames per second ratio and on how well the video card renders the images. This might help you understand why both tests are run.
System Configurations and Project Settings
As shown in the results, the 9600 run leaps and bounds better in both the Direct X 8.0 and 9.0 testing. The performance of this card is very nice. The 9600 gets a thumbs up for performance.
The 9600xt has been running on a gaming machine for about a week and has been running without glitches. The card itself and the software that comes along with the card are solid there are no bugs or problems at this time. The Quality is more then satisfactory.
The Price is not to bad it will most likely drop as the 9800 series drops in price as all PC equipment does. But at 149.00 it is a good bargain.
Performance is outstanding especially for the price.
Quality is satisfactory.
Driver installation can be a bit tricky so I can't give installation a sta, but it could be much worse.
The ATI 9600XT 128 Meg DDR gets a 5 out of 6 Stars
This card is a sound buy and performs well under Direct X 8 & 9. It is a good buy for someone not wanting to spend the $300.00 on a ATI 9800 just yet.
Review date 10/04/04
ATI 9600XT receives the Blue Ribbon Seal of approval
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