The Radeon 9600 XT is ATIs latest mid range offering, and is essentially a
higher speed 9600 Pro. The XT tag will doubtless give a chuckle to anyone who
has been into computers for more than a decade or so. XT was the standard that
came before AT, so it is hardly associated with the cutting edge of technology.
I don't have anything against acronyms, but the whole point of an acronym is
that it is an abbreviation of a meaningful name. I blame Microsoft for starting
this moronic bandwagon rolling when they released Windows XP.
Specs and Testbed Details
This particular 9600XT sports 128meg of video RAM, running at no less than
600 MHz. The graphics core runs at a blazing 500 MHz. This is no different to
the 9600 pro, only another 100 MHz of GPU speed, and a bit of a core redesign
to make this increase possible.
For benchmarking, I will be comparing with an ATI refererence 9700 Pro, and
8500. My test system is a hyperthreaded 3.2 ghz P4, running on an 800mhz FSB,
with a Springdale chipset. It sports 1gb of Kingmax DDR400, in dual channel
configuration. For the purposes of testing, I have clocked the CPU at 1.6 Ghz
and 3.2 Ghz. The only difference between the two configurations is the multiplier.
From this point on, the 3.2 Ghz system is referred to as "High End PC",
and the 1.6 Ghz configuration as "Low End PC".
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