NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Round-up: PNY, MSI, ASUS


DirectX 9 and 10 Gaming Performance

If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player, FPS smash-hit Crysis should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the computer screen to date. The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering, like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet. In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is HOT. We ran the full game patched to v1.21 with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.

We aren't sure what happened here with the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB at 1024x768. Nevertheless, if you are considering acquiring a GeForce 9600 GT in the near future, these results have to make you smile. Logic would suggest that the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB would outpace all of the 9600 GTs, but all three of the 9600 GTs hold their own or even barely beat the 8800 GT 512MB.

The DirectX 10 results were a little more in line with our expectations, but all three of the 9600 GTs still kept up with the 8800 GT 512MB.

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