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Duel: GeForce 9600 GT vs. HD 3870

Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT Tested
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To give you a more precise idea of how the GeForce 9600 GT compared to one of its direct rivals, the Radeon HD 3870, we brought all the performance scores of those two cards together, then calculated the spread.

As can be seen clearly, STALKER and Age of Empires III are the exceptions: the only games for which the GeForce 9600 GT managed to edge the HD 3870. In all the other cases, the HD 3870 was fairly clearly ahead of its rival, with spreads of 13 to 15% with Call of Duty 4 and World In Conflict, and smaller ones with Unreal Tournament 3 and Supreme Commander.

The situation was reversed once the filters were enabled, even though the spreads weren't as wide. In four games, the HD 3870 kept the advantage or was only slightly behind the 9600 GT. Two games gave the card an especially strong advantage in filter mode, with a difference of more than 20%: Oblivion and Supreme Commander.

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    tijmen007 , October 1, 2008 8:07 PM
    Nice Review, was really helpfull chosing between the HD4670 and 9600GT. Cause the HD4670 is a bit slower as the HD3850 due its memory bus of 128-bit.

    Tijmen
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    Unicorns_FTW , December 22, 2008 7:28 AM
    Wow, it is amazing how much AA & AF deplete your FPS on games such as Crysis and COD 4. I have a Palit 9600GT along with a E8400, and it more or less matches these benchies. Great review once again.
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    silicondoc , February 24, 2009 11:56 AM
    Thanks for the review - helps in putting together medium range systems. Card prices have gone up now ( Feb 2009 ) after they went down during and about "black Friday" time.
    I see the lowest priced 9600GT at $90, %65 after rebate, with free Far Cry 2.
    Not bad at all.
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    ceponatia , February 23, 2010 5:51 AM
    9600GT is a POS. It has wonderful performance, as the review stated, until it crashes to a black screen. I have had two different cards and they both do the same thing. Buy a Radeon.
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2011 7:01 PM
    Great, looks like I need to spend more money on a better graphics card. Thanks for testing.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2012 5:06 PM
    i think gefore 8800 GT is Good!