Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro Review

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The Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro
A Power-packed card for the mainstream

"Burned in" by Robert Maloney
May 8, 2003

Overclocking the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro
Going where others have failed

When the time came for overclocking the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro, we crossed our fingers and hoped that what Tyan told us about the device identification was true.  By identifying the card as a Radeon 9700, we should be able to get past the issues found with other Radeon 9500 based cards, which were "clock-locked".  The results are in...and they look good!  We were able to raise both the core and memory clock speeds from their default values of 277/542 MHz up 70MHz each to 347/612 MHz.  That's an increase in 25% for the VPU core speed, and 12.5% for the memory.  Now that we were using the card at these higher speeds, we went back and benchmarked Quake 3 and 3DMark 2001SE again, while keeping 4XAA and 8X Anisotropic filtering enabled.

We were able to gain an extra 18 frames per second at 1024x768, and 9 frames at 1600x1200.  Whipping out the calculator (or, in this case, going to Start-All Programs-Accessories-Calculator) we figured this to be a 15% increase in performance.  We also saw the same relative increase in performance when running 3DMark 2001SE, with the percentage topping out at an extra 17.5% at 1600x1200.  Keep in mind that the system was completely stable throughout these tests, and only minor graphic artifacts were noticed in 3DMark 2001SE.

The enthusiasm we had while testing the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro, was slightly tempered by the fact that we just couldn't find it available in too many outlets.  A quick search of a few popular search engines brought up close to nothing about this card.  It's a shame, since distribution issues aside, this may well be one of the finest Radeon 9500 Pro cards out there.  Simply put, no other Radeon 9500 based card can boast of the same capabilities of the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro.  This is the only Radeon 9500 card that natively supports overclocking.  It is also the only Radeon 9500 card with built-in hardware monitoring that is used in conjunction with its TGM (Tyan Graphics Monitor) 2.0 software.  The fan speed can be changed manually to reduce overall system noise, or it can be left to be controlled by the hardware monitoring system, which will raise the fan speed if the temperature gets too hot.  Performance-wise, the Radeon 9500 has to be considered one of the best cards out there for the money.  In actuality, the release of the ATi 9200/9600/9800 product line will mean the phasing out of the 9500/9700 Radeons, so this card will probably be one of the last to be based on the R300 core.  All told however, we highly recommend the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro for buyers of all budgets.

We give the Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro a 9.5 on the HotHardware Heat Meter...


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