BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Graphics Card

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Hardware:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
(2.3GHz - Dual-Core)

MSI P35 Platinum Combo
(Intel P35 Express Chipset)

2x1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
CL 6-6-6-15 - DDR-1300

BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX
512MB GDDR3

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Toxic  

512MB GDDR4

GeForce 8600 GTS

256MB GDDR3
WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Software:
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
Catalyst 8.6
NVIDIA Forceware 175.19
DirectX Redist (November 2007)

Benchmarks Used:

DirectX
3DMark06 v1.1.0
Crysis
Company of Heroes
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

OpenGL
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which y isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's default option, which uses a resolution of 1280 x 1024, with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering.







In the overall score, the BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX fell 200 points below that of the Sapphire HD 3870 which sports higher fill rates and memory bandwidth.  With the GPU 1 test, both cards returned near identical performance while the Sapphire card held a 12% edge over the 9600 GT OCX in the GPU 2 test.  In all three tests, the popular GeForce 8600 GTS struggled to match the scores put up by the 9600 GT or 3870 by rather large margins across the board.

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