XFX 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition 740M 512mb

Unreal Tounament 3 and Crysis

Unreal Tournament 3

I have included UT3, even though it is another UE3 game as it is a fast, frantic and furious multiplayer mash-up experience. Using advanced DirectX 9.0c features, the Unreal Engine looks fantastic and runs on almost all half-decent modern GPU's making it an ideal all-round test.
Unreal Tournament 3 shows a significant increase in performance across the board with the frames really being boosted by the increased core clock and shader processor speed.

Crysis has to be our most challenging benchmark to date. Running under Windows Vista and using DirectX 10 path, Crysis is currently limited to using "High" settings, rather than "Very High" using any of today's single cards. I also ramped down the resolution to 1680 x 1050 to make sure that I was happy with the framerates.
Crysis again showed gains in FPS with the average FPS being higher and feeling quite significantly smoother than the stock 9600 GT.
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Most Recent Comments

07-04-2008, 09:43:18

Check out the Alpha Dog Edition 9600 GT from XFX!

Clicky hereQuote

07-04-2008, 10:10:22

Nice review Matt.. Detailed as ever.

Neither of the 9600s are for me, but its good to see XFX bringing out an Alpha Dog editions as like you said it needed a little boost from stock to bring it in to a decent bracket.Quote

07-04-2008, 10:15:16

Great review m8. £114.. I mean we call it a "mid range" card, so arguably it`s a higher-mid-range for the 9 series, but the nVidia cards at present are all over the shop imo. - unless you forget about the 8 series completely.

Personally I like to compare the x6xx card with x6xx in the same series and the series below - only cos mid range is mid range - but it competes with the 8800GT in many respects, including it`s ability to clock better, and supposedly SLI better. `Would u SLI 88GT or 96GT ?`, many would say 96GT if that were the choice.

Then again also, XFX pushing the card very well imo.Quote

07-04-2008, 10:48:44

good review

medeocre card....hmmQuote

07-04-2008, 13:58:44

It's a mid-range card, of course it's mediocre!Quote

07-04-2008, 14:46:28

the 8600GT was quite exceptional, performance and feature wise

this is...medeocre, in comparison to the 9800GTX

wheras the 8600GT was just a cut down version of the 8800GTXQuote

07-04-2008, 14:50:23

Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
the 8600GT was quite exceptional, performance and feature wise

this is...medeocre, in comparison to the 9800GTX

wheras the 8600GT was just a cut down version of the 8800GTX
I swear you don't actually read half the reviews we do ya know...Quote

07-04-2008, 14:59:30

i do read them, but i also owned a 8600GT, great card it was too...

looking at the comparison of this to the 9800GTX it doesnt perform aswell as an 8600GT would when compared to an 8800GTS 320mb, IMO

unless you think i'm wrong ofcorse?Quote

07-04-2008, 15:04:33

The 9600 GT performs a fair amount better than the 8600 GT would, even when taking into consideration the generation cards.Quote

07-04-2008, 15:05:22

i dont doubt that, the point i was making, was the gap in performance between the 86xx and the 88xx is probably less than between the 96xx and the 98xxQuote

07-04-2008, 15:21:52

And I don't think that's true...which is the point I was makingQuote

07-04-2008, 15:33:55

ahh, okay, so they're closing the gap performance wise? ...hmmmm....that doesnt make good business sense

they should all increase, all levels of cards, but only by the same amount, in the same...incriments....otherwise one level will get too high/too low, and merge into another...Quote

07-04-2008, 15:41:19

Strange how the admiration for a review changes once you have written one.

Nice one dude great read.Quote

07-04-2008, 15:43:33

Thanks mate Quote

07-04-2008, 17:25:47

damn u guyz bang out reviews fast. nice review tho. wasn't likin the stock 9600 much but this looks betterQuote

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