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Facelift: The ATi Radeon 9600 XT

Introduction, Continued

The new Radeon 9600 XT and its competitors:

ATI Radeon 9500 PROATI Radeon 9600 PROATI Radeon 9600 XTNVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200-8xNVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
Chip Technology256-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit
Process0.15 Micron0.13 Micron0.13 Micron0.15 Micron0.13 Micron
Transistors~107 Mio~75 Mio~75 Mio~63 Mio~80 Mio
Memory Bus128-bit DDR128-bit DDR128-bit DDR128-bit DDR128-bit DDR
Memory Bandwidth8.8 GB/s9.6 GB/s9.6 GB/s8.0 GB/s12.8 GB/s
Pixel Fillrate2.2 Gigapixel/s1.6 Gigapixel/s2.0 Gigapixel/s1.1 Gigapixel/s1.6 Gigapixel/s
Anti Aliased Fillrate13.2 Billion AA Samples/s9.6 Billion AA Samples/s12 Billion AA Samples/s4 Billion AA Samples/s5.6 Billion AA Samples/s
AGP Bus1x/2x/4x/8x1x/2x/4x/8x1x/2x/4x/8x1x/2x/4x/8x1x/2x/4x/8x
Triangles/s275M200M250M113M100M
Memory128 MB128/256/MB128/256 MB64/128 MB128/256 MB
GPU Clock275 MHz400 MHz500 MHz250 MHz400 MHz
Memory Clock275 MHz (550 DDR)300 MHz (600 DDR)300 MHz (600 DDR)257 MHz (514 DDR)400 MHz (800 DDR)
Vertex Shader42221 (Array)
Pixel Pipelines84444
Texture Units Per Pipe11121
Textures per Texture Unit161616416
Vertex S. Version2.02.02.01.12.0
Pixel S. Version2.02.02.01.32.0
DirectX Generation9.09.09.08.19.0
FSAA ModiMultiSamplingMax 6xMultiSamplingMax 6xMultiSamplingMax 6xMultiSamplingMax 4xMultiSamplingMax 4xMixedModesMax 8x
Anisotropic Filtering2/4/8/16x2/4/8/16x2/4/8/16x2/4/8x2/4/8x
Memory OptmizationsHyper Z IIIHyper Z III+Hyper Z III+LMA IIIntelliSample
OptmizationsSmartShader 2.0SmoothVision 2.0SmartShader 2.0SmoothVision 2.1SmartShader 2.0SmoothVision 2.1nFiniteFX IIAccuviewCineFXIntelliSample
Display Outputs22222
Chip Internal Ramdacs2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz
Chip External Ramdacs-----
Bits per Color Channel101010810
SpecialTV Encoder On-Chip; FullStreamAdaptive FilteringTV Encoder On-Chip; FullStreamAdaptive FilteringTV Encoder On-Chip; FullStreamAdaptive FilteringTV Encoder On-Chip;Adaptive Filtering, DirectX 9+
Street-Price (+tax)~ $160~ $150$199(official ATI price)~ $90~$150-180Beware of Flipchip version (400 MHz Core)!