Conclusion: You know with such low memory clock speeds, this card is just to be overclocked. We were able to get it up to 570 MHz core, and 650 MHz memory. The stock timings are 500/600 respectively, so I can say I am quite impressed with the overclocking results of this card.
Fall 2003 Video Card Roundup - Part 3: ATI's Radeon 9600 XT
23 August 2006
Conclusion: The Radeon 9600 XT ended up not being nearly as interesting as ATI would've liked it to be, but it does continue ATI's success in the midrange segment. We crowned the original Radeon 9600 Pro the winner of this segment back in April, and with the Radeon 9600 XT ATI extends the lead (although the...
Excerpt: You can't ignore the fact that this card brings an unbelievable amount of potential to an everyday computer. Instead of just using your computer to surf the web, game and catch up on your work, you can transform that ordinary work box into a complete multimedia center complete with countless...
Summary: The Radeon 9600XT All In Wonder is the missing piece of the pie when it comes to ATI's 9XXX series of cards. This brings multimedia/gaming performance to the masses with full Direct X 9 compatibility. This means that you can play the latest games.
Pros: Full Direct X 9 Performance for your PC, TV and FM radio, TIVO style guide plus software included, Plays all the latest games, Great price ($250), VIVO capability easy to capture those home videos to your PC
Cons: Fan is a little louder than usual, No Half Life 2 Coupon
Conclusion: It seems like forever since the last time I recommended an NVIDIA based video card over ATI in any market segment. NVIDIA usually did okay in the middle range, but this time there is absolutely no comparison.
Pros: Superior filtering quality and speed, Includes Half Life 2, Always room for improvement, as ATI works on drivers all the time, Low heat, no external power required, Good overclocking potential
Cons: Performance isn't up to the new par set by NVIDIA, Besides HL2, not much else bundled, Needs to go down 1 market segment to be viable
Summary: Clearly the 9600XT dominates the 5600 in 3D performance which is pretty much what we expected. ATI has built upon the success of their 9600 Pro with the XT. The addition of dynamic overclocking with the Overdrive option in the drivers is a clear winner.
Summary: The Radeon 9600 XT's basic rendering capabilities are unchanged from its predecessor, so we haven't included an image quality analysis in this review. However, things do change with driver releases, so we will be looking at the comparative 3D image quality of the latest ATI and NVIDIA products with...
Conclusion: The Radeon 9600 XT is aimed to be at around £150 and offers excellent value for this. Unless you are absolutely dying to get DirectX 9 support, this isn't any reason to throw out your older Radeon 8500 (for instance). If on the other hand you haven't upgraded in a while, it could be just the job.