ATi Radeon 9600 Pro Debut

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The ATi Radeon 9600 Pro Debut
Decent card, fuzzy naming convention

By - Marco Chiappetta
April 16, 2003

Our second set of tests were run with Futuremark's controversial "DirectX 9" benchmark, 3DMark03.  3DMark03 is similar to its older cousin, 3DMark2001, but it uses a mixture of DX9 and DX8 pixel and vertex shaders to assess a video card's performance.  This test is meant to be run only on "DX9 Class" hardware only, which is why the GeForce 4 Ti4600 is not represented here.

Benchmarks With 3DMark03
The Controversial Synthetic DX9 Benchmark

9600 PRO              9500 PRO              9700 PRO

In the 3DMark03 tests, the Radeon 9500 Pro outperformed the 9600 Pro by approximately 10.5%.  Obviously, the Radeon 9700 Pro had an even larger performance advantage, where it outpaced the 9600 Pro by over 47%.  Something we found peculiar was the CPU Score. The Radeon 9500 and 9700 Pro performed at virtually identical levels, but the 9600 Pro was 400+ points behind.  We suspect driver optimizations may change this unusually low result.

Head-to-Head / Performance With Comanche 4
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We continued our DirectX testing with some benchmarks from Novalogic's Combat Helicopter simulator, Comanche 4. Like 3DMark2001, Comanche 4 makes use of DirectX8 Pixel and Vertex shaders, and is a useful tool for testing performance under DirectX 8. This benchmark generally scales more with increased CPU speed, so don't be fooled by what looks like low frame rates.

From this point forward, you'll notice there are quite a few "N/As" listed in our graphs.  These are there because the GeForce 4 Ti4600 is not capable of 6X AA and the Radeons could not run some of the tests with the specified settings.  At 1024x768 with Antialiasing disabled, the Radeon 9600 Pro didn't do so well, actually it was the lowest performing card in the group.  When AA was enabled however, the 9600 Pro outpaced the GeForce 4 Ti4600 using all AA methods at both resolutions.  We saw an extremely sharp drop-off in performance, when we enabled AA at 1600x1200 with the 9600.  The scores were much lower than we expected with this card, and suspect the results may change, again with a future driver revision.

Some Quake 3 & UT2003 Benchmarks 

Tags:  ATI, Radeon, ATI Radeon, pro, BU

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