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The ATi Radeon 9600 XT
ATi Gives Their Mainstream Product a 100MHz Boost

By Robert Maloney
October 15th, 2003


Performance Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI v2.0
Chocobos finally make it to the big screen

Final Fantasy is a title that is more well known by console users, but it appears that Squaresoft is ready to make the jump to the PC, with a MMORPG version of the classic. The demo version comes bundled with a benchmark, which displays a final score every time it makes a full cycle.  Although it was meant more for checking a system's readiness to play the game, we found that we could get a meaningful test by setting it to high-res and then dividing the final score (rendered frames) by the time elapsed, to get the frame rate.

As benchmarks go, this was as straightforward as it gets, and although it might not be noticeable to the naked eye, the final score at the end of the benchmark was 3983 for the Radeon 9600 XT, 3773 for the Radeon 9600 Pro, and only 2804 for the GeForce FX 5600.  That means over a 1000 frames were dropped by the 5600.  Dividing these numbers by the time it took to run the test gave us the frame rates, which are represented in the graph above.  The two Radeons were separated by only a frame per second, with the 5600 over five frames back behind the 9600 XT.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Gun Metal
With game play like this, I can't wait to play the real thing

Yeti Studios has also released a benchmark that is based on a real game.  According to Yeti, it is designed to push the latest DX9 based cards to the limit using Pixel and Vertex Shaders to display a rapidly changing battlefield.  To help achieve this, anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are built into the engine, and cannot be disabled. As such, the average frame rates are lower than one should expect with the actual game, so don't be discouraged by the scores that you see in the graphs below.  The benchmark was run twice; once at 1024x768x32, and again at 1280x1024x32.

Gun Metal really punished these mainstream video cards.  We could not even manage to pull out an average of 15 frames per second on any of them.  We saw the same relative breakdown of the scores at 1024x768, with the 9600 XT taking the lead over the 9600 Pro, and the GF FX 5600 a distant third place.  That all changed at 1280x1024, however, where the 9600 Pro and 5600 flip-flopped.  The 9600 Pro took the deepest at the higher resolution, and the 5600 the least.  The 9600 XT still captured the highest score, however, and wasn't really challenged by the other two.

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