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Sapphire Radeon9500 in the test: A first look at the new model

Sapphire Radeon9500 in the test: A first look at the new model

First benchmarks

Our test system corresponds to that which was used for the test of the Radeon9000 from PowerMagic was used because the Radeon9500, like this test system, is a mid-price product . In short, it was an AtlhonXP1800 + on an ECS K7S6A with 512MB CL2-PC2100 RAM. WindowsXP with integrated DirectX8.1 and SiS AGP driver version 1.11.

For the Radeon9500 we used the latest Catalyst 2.4 drivers, the driver revisions can be found in the link above, but will be partially updated for the final test .

Otherwise, the settings in the individual benchmarks can also be read under the link above in accordance with our usual practice.

3DMark2001 SE v3.30
Unit: points
  • 1024x768x32:
    • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
      9.387
    • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
      9.138
    • Radeon8500 LE
      8.097
    • PM R9000pro
      7.274
    • Asus v8200 GF3
      7.193
  • 1280x1024x32:
    • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
7,490
  • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
    7.158
  • Radeon8500 LE
    6.618
  • Asus v8200 GF3
    5.948
  • PMR9000pro
    5.781
  • 1600x1200x32:
    • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
      6.040
    • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
      5.337
    • Radeon8500 LE
      5.222
    • Asus v8200 GF3
      4.772
    • PM R9000pro
      4,544
  • No surprise in 3DMark2001. In low resolutions, even higher clocks and superior shaders of the Radeon9500 can prevail, but are slowed down in higher resolutions by the lack of fill rate due to the 4x1 architecture.

    Comanche4 Demo
    • 1024x768x32:
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        35.98
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        35,62
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        32, 56
      • Radeon8500 LE
        29.78
      • PM R9000pro
        29.58
    • 1280x1024x32:
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        34.61
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        34.20
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        2 9.54
      • Radeon8500 LE
        28.06
      • PM R9000pro
        27.54
    • 1600x1200x32:
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        30.91
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        21,23
      • Radeon8500LE
        19.39
      • PM R9000pro
        18.77
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        18.75

    In Comanche4, which has always been a domain of GeForce so far Cards, the GeForce has to take a blow here. The four vertex shaders and the optimized and much more powerful pixel shaders of the Radeon9500 are able, as long as the fill rate is sufficient, to put the GeForce in place. As a reminder: In this benchmark, the Ti4600 even beat a full-blown R9700pro in 1024 ....

    UT2003 Demo FlyBy
    • 1024x768x32:
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        121,82
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        107,71
      • Radeon8500 LE
        105.71
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        97.71
      • PM R9000pro
        85.39
    • 1280x960x32:
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        90.60
      • Radeon8500 LE
        72,62
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        72.28
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        69.09
      • PM R9000pro
        55.79
    • 1600x1200x32:
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        61,21
      • Radeon8500 LE
        50.32
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        47,16
      • Sapphire R9500Atlantis/64
        46,30
      • PM R9000pro
        39,89

    Im very In the demanding flyby test of the UT2003 demo, the fact that the Radeon9500 only has less than half the rendering power and half the memory bandwidth compared to the Radeon9700pro, which performed brilliantly in this test, takes revenge. In terms of performance, it falls far behind its direct competitor, the Ti4200, and even has to fight for places with the Radeon8500.

    Quality settings (2xFSAA & 2xAF)
    • Aquanox:
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        38.70
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        34,30
      • PM R9000pro
        25, 00
      • Radeon8500 LE
        25.00
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        24.50
    • Max Payne:
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        42.10
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        40.79
      • Radeon8500 LE
        35.02
      • PM R9000pr o
        34.98
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        34,63
    • Serious Sam SE OGL:
      • Inno3D GF4 Ti4200/64
        55,30
      • Sapphire R9500 Atlantis/64
        52.20
      • PM R9000pro
        43.00
      • Asus v8200 GF3
        41, 70
      • Radeon8500 LE
        40.50

    With our small pre-selection of the quality settings, we certainly do not do justice to the Radeon9500 in the opinion of many, as it can with far higher AF levels (for direct Competitors) represent a relatively small drop in performance. However, since the detailed tests of the Radeon9700pro already showed how at least some of the optimizations work, and where the achieved image quality begins to diverge strongly, we thought it made sense, also with regard to the The performance of the card presented here is limited to 2xFSAA (both with GeForce3/4Ti and Radeon9700/9500 in rotated grid mode) and 2xAF (also most likely directly comparable). In addition, there were some display problems in 4xFSAA mode, which we attribute to the non-final BIOS revision, which may still be optimized for a memory size of 128MB.

    Despite all these dangers, it can be the strongest in terms of performance trimmed DirectX9-Radeon still win two of the three tests (partly just) and only has to admit defeat by Serious Sam.

    Conclusion

    Even if it is still relatively meager for a conclusion in view of the not exactly overwhelming number of tests, a trend can already be discerned.

    In many cases, the raw performance level of the targeted direct competitor, the GeForce4 Ti4200, is missed, but with activated image quality features it is just surpassed. There is also the bonus of DirectX9 compatibility and the more powerful shaders associated with it, so that in the near future, as long as the performance level is still sufficient, a not to be despised advantage could arise if the GeForce has to switch to the slower multipass mode and the Radeon9500 can stay in the faster single-pass mode despite the lower fill rate. If sheRadeon9500, however, will have great market opportunities against the Radeon9500pro with 8 rendering pipelines positioned very slightly above it is questionable.

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