XFX 9600GSO 384mb vs Sapphire HD4670 512mb


Conclusion9600GSO vs HD4670
Over the past couple of years NVIDIA has led the way with their high-end GPU's while ATI had to settle for competing in the mid-range sector. That was until the advent of the formidable 4870X2, where the performance crown has recently been snatched away from NVidia. So then, it's only fair that NVIDIA should return the favour in the mid-range area, taking the initiative and reclaiming the entry/mid-level crown. With only the price of a pie and pint separating the cards on test today, they couldn't be be better matched and the results show that they are pretty much even in performance too. The 9600GSO does however, just edge it and if we were to run the cards while at their maximum overclocks, I have no doubt the GSO would run away with the lead.
So then, it comes down to what screen you are looking to game on. If you are looking for high-res gaming with AA/AF,  I would look elsewhere. Most modern games bring these two cards down to a stuttering halt when the highest settings are applied, Vantage especially became a slide show on the extreme setting. If you are happy playing without AA or don't mind gaming on a smaller screen, then these cards should suit your needs and you wallet perfectly. It has been a while since I tested low/mid-range cards and I was pleasantly surprised at how it cut through the benchmarks at the nominal resolutions. For a shade under £70, you can game with satisfaction that you are certainly getting 'bang-per-buck' as it were. If it were my £70 though, I would be pumping my money into the lean mean green machine that is the XFX 9600GSO.
XFX 9600 GSO
The Good
- Amazing overclocking
- Copper cooling
- Great packaging
- Included game
The Mediocre
- 6-pin PCIe needed
The Bad
- Nothing to report
Recommended Award Value For Money Award
Sapphire HD4670
The Good
- Small
- No external power needed
- Good at high res

The Mediocre
- Aluminium Heatsink

The Bad
- Noisy fan
VFM Award
Many thanks to XFX and Sapphire for supplying the cards we reviewed today. Discuss this review in our forums
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Most Recent Comments

20-09-2008, 07:06:42

"The XFX 9600GSO and Sapphire HD4670 go head to head in the battle for mid range supremacy. Who do you think will come out on top?" - by Webbo


XFX 9600GSO 384mb vs Sapphire HD4670 512mbQuote

20-09-2008, 09:18:13

Nice review!

That shows you.. clock speed isn't anything compared to realworld performance, seeing that the 9600GSO can perform better and it has lower clock speeds. I think that is brilliant, personally nVidia are loosing on the higher end market due to the ATi HD4870 etc but they are king of the mid-budget market Quote

20-09-2008, 09:56:14

Nice review, good to see nvidia making *ahem* new products to compete :P (I mean, its like got a 9 on the front, and a gso on the back boss, new technology!)

Good review though, and since i am looking at an sff build/mod/project log i am looking at these kind of mid-range cards Quote

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