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Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro Videocard Review

Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Today we're going to check out one of Crucial's mainstream cards; the Radeon 9600 Pro.
 81% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial Dec 16 2003   Colin Sun  
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Cooling systems and customer care

Because the 9600 Pro core is built on 0.13 micron manufacturing, Crucial can use a smaller (and quieter) heatsink. The card has 128MB of KD263228E-GC2A Samsung DDR memory, the same stuff that's found on the Radeon 9700 Pro/9800 Pro class videocards! Running at 300 MHz, the memory does not require any additional cooling.

While this is not really a 'feature' we're happy to see that Crucial has finally, and dramatically improved their packaging to something with a little colour. A plain white box just isn't any fun. :-)

On a side note for those of you with older PC's, the Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro will not work with 2x AGP motherboards.

Customer service is something you don't need till you're in trouble!

I find it very curious that customer service is often something that most people overlook when purchasing goods.... then when something goes wrong, they're very willing to complain about it. When I hear someone complaining about a now-dead product, my response is always; "well it was cheap right?"

As with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. While the Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro is not the best value card on the block, it's got some of the best customer care in the industry backing it up. You don't build up a 9.75 ResellerRatings (with over 700 reviews!) because you're lucky!

From my personal dealings with Crucial, if I've ever have a problem with one of their products they go the extra mile to make sure the problems are fixed. If you have doubts, simply go to your favorite tech forum and ask about Crucial's customer service.

Overclocking

I didn't really know what to expect from the Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro in terms of overclocking, given that we have seen wildly different responses from the Radeon 9600 Pro chip.... In any case, I started with a core overclock. I immediately raised the clock speed of the core to 500 MHz (9600XT speeds) and the card didn't have any problems - good so far. However, in the end I think temperature may have been holding the core back as the maximum core speed it reached was 506 MHz.

The card uses 2.8ns Samsung DRAM, which is the same stuff that's found on Radeon 9700 Pro/Radeon 9800 Pro cards. In theory the memory should be able to reach at least 357 MHz, but whether the memory could reach that on this card was another question. Unfortunately we didn't have much luck with memory overclock. Even when I was being gentle, it max'd out at 315 MHz.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte 8KNXP, i875P

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800XT
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro
Asus Radeon 9600XT
Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro
MSI FX5900U-VTD256
Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra (Rev2)
MSI G4Ti4600-VT2D8X
Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.03
Catalyst 3.9
Detonator 52.16

Workstation Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
3DMark03
AquaMark
AquaMark3
CodeCreatures
Gun Metal 2
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
UT2003

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

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Contents of Article: Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro
 Pg 1.  Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Cooling systems and customer care
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark03
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: GunMetal 2
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AA
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AF
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena w/AA+AF

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