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ATI Delivers: The Radeon 9500 PRO

Test Setup

We compared the Radeon 9500 PRO with ATI's brand new range and with the NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4600 and Ti4200-8x. To stretch the cards to their limits, we ran our tests using a powerful 3.06 GHz Pentium 4. If you are interested in how the cards perform with a slower CPU (2.2 GHz), take a look at the preview article that we published four weeks ago.

Hardware
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz
Memory2 x 256 MB, PC333 cl2
Graphic CardsNVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 128 MBNVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600ATI Radeon 9000 ProATI Radeon 9500 ProATI Radeon 9700ATI Radeon 9700 PRO
MotherboardASUS P4PE
Drivers & Software
Graphics DriverNVIDIA - v. 40.72 WHQLATI - v. 02.4 (6.13.10.6200)
DirectX Version8.1
OSWindows XP Professional SP1
Benchmarks & Settings
AquanoxRetail Version v1.17
Max PayneRetail Version v1.05Benchmark using 'Shooting Alex'
Unreal TournamentDemo v1.1
2003 DemoAntalus Benchmark
3D Mark 2001 SEPro Version, Build 330

Benchmarks

Aquanox

The reduced memory bandwidth is quite noticeable in Aquanox. In 1280x1024, the 9500 PRO was 46% slower than the 9700 PRO and only marginally ahead of the Ti 4200-8x. The GeForce 4 Ti 4600 was a good 10 - 15% faster in all resolutions.