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Introduction, Continued

Facelift: The ATi Radeon 9600 XT
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The new Radeon 9600 XT and its competitors:

  ATI Radeon 9500 PRO ATI Radeon 9600 PRO ATI Radeon 9600 XT NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200-8x NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
Chip Technology 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Process 0.15 Micron 0.13 Micron 0.13 Micron 0.15 Micron 0.13 Micron
Transistors ~107 Mio ~75 Mio ~75 Mio ~63 Mio ~80 Mio
Memory Bus 128-bit DDR 128-bit DDR 128-bit DDR 128-bit DDR 128-bit DDR
Memory Bandwidth 8.8 GB/s 9.6 GB/s 9.6 GB/s 8.0 GB/s 12.8 GB/s
Pixel Fillrate 2.2 Gigapixel/s 1.6 Gigapixel/s 2.0 Gigapixel/s 1.1 Gigapixel/s 1.6 Gigapixel/s
Anti Aliased Fillrate 13.2 Billion AA Samples/s 9.6 Billion AA Samples/s 12 Billion AA Samples/s 4 Billion AA Samples/s 5.6 Billion AA Samples/s
AGP Bus 1x/2x/4x/8x 1x/2x/4x/8x 1x/2x/4x/8x 1x/2x/4x/8x 1x/2x/4x/8x
Triangles/s 275M 200M 250M 113M 100M
Memory 128 MB 128/256/MB 128/256 MB 64/128 MB 128/256 MB
GPU Clock 275 MHz 400 MHz 500 MHz 250 MHz 400 MHz
Memory Clock 275 MHz (550 DDR) 300 MHz (600 DDR) 300 MHz (600 DDR) 257 MHz (514 DDR) 400 MHz (800 DDR)
Vertex Shader 4 2 2 2 1 (Array)
Pixel Pipelines 8 4 4 4 4
Texture Units Per Pipe 1 1 1 2 1
Textures per Texture Unit 16 16 16 4 16
Vertex S. Version 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.1 2.0
Pixel S. Version 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.3 2.0
DirectX Generation 9.0 9.0 9.0 8.1 9.0
FSAA Modi MultiSampling
Max 6x
MultiSampling
Max 6x
MultiSampling
Max 6x
MultiSampling
Max 4x
MultiSampling
Max 4x
MixedModes
Max 8x
Anisotropic Filtering 2/4/8/16x 2/4/8/16x 2/4/8/16x 2/4/8x 2/4/8x
Memory Optmizations Hyper Z III Hyper Z III+ Hyper Z III+ LMA II IntelliSample
Optmizations SmartShader 2.0
SmoothVision 2.0
SmartShader 2.0
SmoothVision 2.1
SmartShader 2.0
SmoothVision 2.1
nFiniteFX II
Accuview
CineFX
IntelliSample
Display Outputs 2 2 2 2 2
Chip Internal Ramdacs 2 x 400 MHz 2 x 400 MHz 2 x 400 MHz 2 x 400 MHz 2 x 400 MHz
Chip External Ramdacs - - - - -
Bits per Color Channel 10 10 10 8 10
Special TV Encoder On-Chip; FullStream
Adaptive Filtering
TV Encoder On-Chip; FullStream
Adaptive Filtering
TV Encoder On-Chip; FullStream
Adaptive Filtering
  TV Encoder On-Chip;Adaptive Filtering, DirectX 9+
Street-Price (+tax) ~ $160 ~ $150 $199
(official ATI price)
~ $90 ~$150-180
Beware of Flipchip version (400 MHz Core)!
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