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Facelift: The ATi Radeon 9600 XT

X2 Rolling Demo

This demo, which includes a benchmark mode, gives you a pretty good feel for what Egosoft's next game "X2 - The Threat" will look like. Although the engine doesn't use any pixel shaders, the graphics are nonetheless impressive. Egosoft makes heavy use of stencil shadows and Dot3 bump mapping with high-res textures. More information on the demo is available here at .

The 9600 XT benefits from its high clockspeed in this test as well. Again, the Radeon 9600 cards have no trouble keeping the FX 5600 Ultra with v45.32 drivers at bay. With the new v52.16 drivers it's able to close the gap.