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3D Power Sorted By Resolution And Anti-aliasing Settings

Four GeForce 9600 GT Cards Compared
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Here you’ll find the results of the frame rates and relative percentages, sorted by resolution and anti-aliasing settings. This makes it easier to compare the graphics cards when looking for a specific screen size or resolution.

Remember that the image quality of LCD screens appears best when run at their native resolution (for example 22 inches at 1680x1050 pixels).

Test resolutions and possible LCD screen sizes

1280x1024 0AA fps Percent
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 642.6 137.8
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 633.9 136.0
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 625.8 134.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 600.3 128.8
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 596.8 128.0
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 595.1 127.6
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 590.3 126.6
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 565.6 121.3
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 564.2 121.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 564.2 121.0
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 546.9 117.3
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 539.5 115.7
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 535.2 114.8
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 527.4 113.1
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 512.4 109.9
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 512.2 109.9
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 500.2 107.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 486.4 104.3
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 475.3 102.0
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 466.2 100.0

The reference 9600 GT was tested with the ForceWare 175.16 and GeForce 177.92 drivers, the HD 4870 with the Catalyst 8.6 and 8.8 drivers. The new graphics drivers contribute 2% to the results.

1280x1024 with AA fps Percent
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 645.1 194.5
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 612.6 184.7
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 601.0 181.2
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 596.5 179.8
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 595.1 179.4
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 541.7 163.3
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 537.9 162.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 536.0 161.6
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 515.9 155.5
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 513.2 154.7
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 505.7 152.5
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 503.5 151.8
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 492.7 148.5
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 477.5 144.0
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 476.6 143.7
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 463.1 139.6
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 447.4 134.9
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 409.6 123.5
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 394.9 119.1
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 331.7 100.0

Without anti-aliasing activated, the performance gain of the new driver versions is still roughly 2%.

1680x1050 0AA fps Percent
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 596.5 148.7
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 595.8 148.5
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 587.8 146.5
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 555.0 138.3
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 536.8 133.8
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 536.5 133.7
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 534.8 133.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 523.3 130.4
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 507.3 126.4
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 488.4 121.7
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 477.8 119.1
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 469.1 116.9
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 464.9 115.9
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 458.3 114.2
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 447.5 111.5
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 444.2 110.7
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 434.0 108.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 426.0 106.2
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 410.2 102.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 401.2 100.0

At 1680x1050 pixels, you can’t see a significant difference in the performance of the HD 4870 between the Catalyst graphics drivers 8.6 and 8.8. Nvidia’s 9600 GT gains slightly more than 2% in performance from the driver update.

1680x1050 with AA fps Percent
Geforce GTX 260 (896 MB) 565.8 219.3
Geforce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 558.3 216.4
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 532.9 206.6
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 515.9 200.0
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 512.7 198.7
Geforce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 466.3 180.7
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 458.4 177.7
Geforce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 445.5 172.7
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 441.7 171.2
Sparkle Geforce 9600 GT (512 MB) 424.8 164.7
Palit Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 423.7 164.2
Geforce 8800 GT (512 MB) 414.3 160.6
MSI Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 408.9 158.5
Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 390.0 151.2
Asus Geforce 9600 GT (512 MB) 384.1 148.9
Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 376.6 146.0
Geforce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 362.9 140.7
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 316.8 122.8
Geforce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 310.1 120.2
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 258.0 100.0

With anti-aliasing enabled, AMD performance increases by 1% when running the HD 4870 with Catalyst 8.8 instead of 8.6. The Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT speeds up by a solid 5% when the current beta driver version is installed.

1920x1200 0AA fps Percent
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 556.8 166.7
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 550.4 164.8
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 545.1 163.2
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 524.5 157.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 523.1 156.6
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 485.4 145.3
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 476.7 142.7
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 469.9 140.7
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 461.5 138.2
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 439.6 131.6
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 426.5 127.7
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 415.2 124.3
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 404.8 121.2
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 402.2 120.4
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 387.4 116.0
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 386.9 115.8
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 374.5 112.1
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 364.5 109.1
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 340.8 102.0
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 334.0 100.0

Again, the Catalyst 8.8 delivers a 2% performance boost when running the HD 4870 at 1920x1200 pixels. The Geforce 9600 GT shows a performance increase of 3.7% with the driver update.

1920x1200 with AA fps Percent
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 495.2 250.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 487.9 246.3
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 477.4 241.0
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 467.8 236.1
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 465.5 235.0
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 393.7 198.7
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 384.0 193.8
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 378.1 190.9
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 365.1 184.3
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 339.1 171.2
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 339.0 171.1
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 337.8 170.5
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 325.6 164.4
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 313.4 158.2
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 306.7 154.8
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 303.4 153.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 282.4 142.6
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 268.4 135.5
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 200.7 101.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 198.1 100.0

With anti-aliasing, the frame rate of the HD 4870 increases by 1% when using the Catalyst 8.8 instead of 8.6. The GeForce 9600 GT gains exactly 5% more power from the current beta graphics driver.

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