radeon 9500 pro vs. 9600 pro

  kane_2002k 00:29 22 May 03

going through the forums i came across several posts where individuals were giving misinfomation in the helproom to proseptive buyers, about these cards and which ones perform better. Therefore i thought it may be helpful to clarify some facts for everyone. Following taken from a previous post, comments are mine..

the reason the 9500 pro scores lowly in 3Dmark03 is because it doesn't have full direct x 9 support, in any other benchmark 9500 pro will come out on top over 9600 pro, (3dmark03 is a hotly contested issue, as nivida and many reviews feel that it is prone to giving dud results) some benchmarks to prove my point...

unreal 2003 1024x768/32bit/60hz
9500 pro 109.1
9600 pro 92.7

9500 pro 47.3
9600 pro 39.2

3Dmark01se 1024x768/32 bit/60hz
9500 pro 12569.0
9600 pro 11512.0

Codecreatures 1024x768/32 bit/60hz
9500 pro 30.0
9600 pro 23.0

tom's hardware had this to say - "...Newer is not automatically synonymous with better, as this review shows. From ATi's perspective, the Radeon 9600 PRO is a success, as it is able to beat the FX 5600 Ultra in the majority of the tests. At the same time, it costs less to produce than the older 9500 PRO model. From the consumer's perspective, the newcomer is a step backwards, though, considering the better overall performance of the "old" 9500 PRO..."

beyond3d say - "...ATI set a tall order for themselves with the R300 based 9500 PRO and in nearly all cases the 9600 PRO falls short of ousting that in performance. With half the Shader pipelines removed it was always the case that the 9600 PRO would not perform any better than 9500 PRO in the pure Shader tests, however it was hoped that the slight increase in bandwidth would see the 9600 PRO through in gaming titles. However, in all probability its not the lack in fill and geometry rates that are pushing the 9600 PRO below the 9500 PRO, but the lack of the Hierarchical Z buffer..."

anandtech have to say - "...Given the specifications of the GPU, the Radeon 9600 Pro performed quite in line with what we expected...The Radeon 9500 Pro is still the best performing solution out there in this price range, however the production run was quite limited and you won't be able to find those cards to be too available in the future so grab them while you can. ..."

hardOCP say - "...the only card that will give the Radeon 9600 Pro a run for its money is the card it is set to replace, the Radeon 9500 Pro. Those who can still find the 9500 Pro for sale would do well to pick one up while they can. As we have seen throughout this review, the Radeon 9500 Pro offers the best overall performance in its category. With no real sacrifices in features, performance, or functionality it seems to be the ideal choice at this time..."

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