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Facelift: The ATi Radeon 9600 XT

Aquamark 3, Continued

Note: Since NVIDIA's driver v45.23 does not display all of the effects used in this benchmark correctly, scores recorded with this driver are shown in gray.

We're curious to see how NVIDIA's new Detonator 50 driver will fare in this test and what optimizations it will use. Until then, Aquamark is firmly ATi territory. Thanks to its high clockspeed, the 9600 XT can offset the disadvantage of having only four rendering pipelines, compared to the eight of the Radeon 9500 Pro.