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Looks like my future HTPC video card!

Beyond 3D review of both 9600 and 9600 pro

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Radeon 9600 is also going to be an interesting product. The results here show that in many cases it performance is below that of the 9500 which, given the lower bandwidth, is not much of a surprise, but this is also a pre-release sample so the performance figures are subject to change. The memory, board and cooling (with the added advantage of being silent) look to be quite cheap to produce, so that as the introductory price already seems quite reasonable, but its likely that it may fall further as time goes on – it is quite possible that in a little while this may end up edging the 9000/9200 class of products out. The increased clock speed, in relation to 9500, will also make for better shader performance, which are not as bandwidth bound as standard fixed function games. which stands this in good stead as a low end product, if the prices allow it
 

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Not sure it of any value to the non-pro 9600, but Hard Overclocking found that the pro can be seriously overclocked in both core and memory.
 

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Well that doesn't really do much for HTPC usage, unless you game on it a lot.
Exactly - I'm not looking for the highest powered card - just fairly high powered and fanless without losing a slot for the heatpipe. The 9600 fills my particular needs just right.
 

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2 Reviews of 9600 Pro

1. Tom's Hardware - Introducing ATi's New Middle Class: The Radeon 9600 PRO

http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030416/index.html


"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."



2. ExtremeTech - Radeon 9600 Pro: Another Brick in the Wall

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1030647,00.asp


"ATI has put another notch in its belt with the Radeon 9600 Pro. Its performance stacks up very well versus not only the GeForceFX 5600 Ultra, but also against R9600's predecessor, the Radeon 9500 Pro. The combination of solid performance and the nice price will appeal to gamers looking for DX9 performance without having to take a ball-peen hammer to ye olde piggy bank."
 
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