3 s Visiontek Xtasy Radeon 9600 256MB Review

Visiontek XTASY brand has done very well over the last few years, particularly in the brick and mortar retail environments where they are usually among the first on the shelves. Visiontek 9600 256Mb model goes for just about $ 100 online and we’ll be taking a look at its performance relative to other graphics cards in the $ 100-150 market segment.

1 Visiontek Xtasy Radeon 9600 256MB Review

Introduction:

It seems like things just keep getting hotter here in the graphics
card industry. A little more than a year ago the card to have in the value
market was the GeForce 4 MX 440, a highly reliable and competitively priced
card built by NVIDIA and embraced in the retail and OEM markets. However,
the GeForce 4 MX series 4 cards mislead many consumers in that the series
did not fully support Direct X 8 hardware features, a marketing mistake by
NVIDIA that upset many people. ATI learned from NVIDIA’s marketing mishap
and released the first fully Direct X 9.0 compatible graphics card in 2003
for just under $ 99, breaking open the once tightly held budget sector almost
overnight. Fast forward to present day and the Radeon 9600 graphics card has
moved down to the $ 100 level and along with it comes a great deal of competition,
not so much from rival NVIDIA but from other members of the ATI family, namely
the Radeon 9800 SE.

So what does this all mean? Basically, right now is a great
time to buy a graphics card as prices are at all time lows throughout all
segments in the market. NV40 and R420 are just around the corner so retailers
worldwide are trying to sell their R360 and NV36 based graphics cards in a
frenzy, leading to some very good deals. One of these bargains includes the
Visiontek Radeon 9600 graphics card, one built on a 130 nanometer process
and that weighs in with 256Mb of onboard memory.

Visiontek XTASY brand has done very
well over the last few years, particularly in the brick and mortar retail
environments where they are usually among the first on the shelves. The Visiontek
9600 256Mb model goes for just about $ 100 online and we’ll be taking a look
at its performance relative to other graphics cards in the $ 100-150 market
segment as well as how it holds up in Direct X 9.0 based tests. So join us
as we take a look at what the Visiontek Radeon 9600 256Mb is made of…

Specification:

GPU RADEON 9600
Processing technology0.13µ
GPU Speed325mhz
Memory256MB onboard DDR RAM
Memory Speed200mhz
Memory / Core interface128-bit DDR
BusAGP 2X/4X/8X
Rendering pipelines4
DirectX 3D HardwareDirectX 9
OpenGL versionOpenGL1.3
Output optionsDVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output
Maximum resolution 2048×1536 @ 85Hz

 

Package Contents:


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•Installation Manual
•Cyberlink PowerDVD
•Drivers Disk
•12 Month Subscription to Computer Games Magazine

With the Visiontek 9600 256Mb video card we see a very peculiar
bundle in that it does not include S-Video or RCA cables, any DVI to VGA adapters,
but includes a 12 month subscription to Computer Games Magazine. The cables
and adapters mentioned are now standard issue in today’s graphics card and
it is disappointing to not see them bundled with the card, but at the same
time it is nice to see Visiontek doing something unique with their bundle,
including a 12 month subscription to a popular gaming magazine.