Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT Tested

Age Of Empires III

Age of Empires III is not very sensitive to the activation of antialiasing, despite its expensive algorithm. Still, given its age, the game no longer throws any big challenges at current 3D graphics cards, and again showed how close the 9600 GT is to the HD 3870, which was just a hair below it here. Sensitive to shading power but not to memory, this game unsurprisingly put the 8800 GT 256 MB in second position, in front of the 9600 GT, and the HD 3850 in last position in results that run counter to most of the other tests.

  • tijmen007
    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.

  • Unicorns_FTW
    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.
  • silicondoc
    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.
  • ceponatia
    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.
  • Great, looks like I need to spend more money on a better graphics card. Thanks for testing.
  • i think gefore 8800 GT is Good!