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The Test Candidates

VGA Charts IV: AGP Graphics Cards
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The test bed consists of 35 participants this time. Here, we took some of the older cards that were included in the previous VGA Charts. All candidates support DirectX 9, with the exception of the two GeForce 4 Ti models, which we include here because they are highly popular and widespread. Because they can only carry out DirectX 8 shader code, their benchmarks appear in gray in the tables.

New to the group are ATI's Radeon X800 XT PE and X800 Pro, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 Ultra, 6800 GT and 6800. The ATI Radeon X700 and NVIDIA GeForce 6600, which were recently launched, are only available in PCI Express versions and will be included in the upcoming VGA Charts add-on that centers on PCI Express cards.

Various in-between models, such as the Radeon 9550 and the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 and 5700 LE, are geared for OEMs and are not included here. Each card maker equips these models with the most disparate clock rates, memory bus width and modules. If you are interested in these cards, you should definitely take a careful look at the cards' specs before making a purchase, so that you don't end up with a cheap version that only has a slow 64-bit memory interface and very low clockrates.

Card Chip DX
Generation
Chip
Clock
Memory
Clock
Bus
Width
Pipes
GeForce 6800 Ultra NVIDIA NV40 DX 9.0c 400 1100 256-bit 16x1
GeForce 6800 GT NVIDIA NV40 DX 9.0c 350 1000 256-bit 16x1
GeForce 6800 NVIDIA NV40 DX 9.0c 325 700 256-bit 12x1
GeForce FX 5950 U NVIDIA NV38 DX 9 475 950 256-bit 8x1
GeForce FX 5900 U NVIDIA NV35 DX 9 450 850 256-bit 8x1
GeForce FX 5900 NVIDIA NV35 DX 9 400 850 256-bit 8x1
GeForce FX 5900 XT NVIDIA NV35 DX 9 400 700 256-bit 8x1
GeForce FX 5800 U NVIDIA NV30 DX 9 500 1000 128-bit 8x1
GeForce FX 5800 NVIDIA NV30 DX 9 400 800 128-bit 8x1
GeForce FX 5700 U NVIDIA NV36 DX 9 475 900 128-bit 4x1
GeForce FX 5700 NVIDIA NV36 DX 9 425 550 128-bit 4x1
GeForce FX 5600 U (FC) NVIDIA NV31 DX 9 400 800 128-bit 4x1
GeForce FX 5600 NVIDIA NV31 DX 9 325 550 128-bit 4x1
GeForce FX 5200 U NVIDIA NV34 DX 9 325 650 128-bit 4x1
GeForce FX 5200 NVIDIA NV34 DX 9 250 400 128-bit 4x1
GeForce4 Ti 4600-8x NVIDIA NV25 DX 8.1 300 650 128-bit 4x2
GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x NVIDIA NV28 DX 8.1 250 514 128-bit 4x2
 
Radeon X800 XT PE ATI R420 DX 9.0b 520 1120 256-bit 16x1
Radeon X800 Pro ATI R420 DX 9.0b 475 900 256-bit 12x1
Radeon 9800 XT ATI R360 DX 9 412 730 256-bit 8x1
Radeon 9800 Pro 256 ATI R350 DX 9 380 700 256-bit 8x1
Radeon 9800 Pro ATI R350 DX 9 380 680 256-bit 8x1
Radeon 9800 ATI R350 DX 9 325 580 256-bit 8x1
Radeon 9800 SE ATI R350 DX 9 380 675 128-bit 4x1
Radeon 9700 Pro ATI R300 DX 9 325 620 256-bit 8x1
Radeon 9700 ATI R300 DX 9 275 540 256-bit 8x1
Radeon 9600 XT ATI RV360 DX 9 500 600 128-bit 4x1
Radeon 9600 Pro ATI RV350 DX 9 400 600 128-bit 4x1
Radeon 9600 ATI RV350 DX 9 325 400 128-bit 4x1
Radeon 9600 SE ATI RV350 DX 9 325 365 64-bit 4x1
Radeon 9500 Pro ATI R300 DX 9 275 540 128-bit 8x1
Radeon 9500 128 ATI R300 DX 9 275 540 128-bit 4x1
 
XGI V8 Duo V8 DX 9 350 900 2x128-bit 2x 8x1
XGI V5 Ultra V5 DX 9 350 700 128-bit 4x1
 
S3 S8 256 S8 DX 9 300 300 128-bit 4x1
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