ATI is also announcing the Radeon 9600 XT; a much more exciting derivative of the Radeon 9600 Pro based on a low-k dielectric 0.13-micron process. The benefits of a low-k dielectric are mainly related to shielding from crosstalk in high transistor density chips; the benefit of a low-k process is mainly the ability to scale up clock speeds, which is why you will see that ATI is able to clock the 9600 XT at 500MHz. According to ATI, the Radeon 9600 XT should be the first mainstream part to outperform the Radeon 9700 Pro in all situations – not bad for a $199 card.

The Radeon 9600 XT will hit the streets sometime in November and we’ll be sure to bring you coverage of that card as soon as we get our hands on one.

Finally we have the NV38, NVIDIA’s Fall refresh part; we won’t see NV40 and R4x0 until next Spring so both companies are bringing out higher clocked versions of their current cards in order to compete during the holidays.

Just like the Radeon 9800 XT, the NV38 is basically a higher clocked version of the NV35 (GeForce FX 5900 Ultra) with a new cooling system. Now running at 475/475 (950MHz DDR), the NV38 boasts a 5% increase in core clock and an 11% increase in memory frequency.

The card will officially be launched next month but we’re going to be able to bring you a preview of the NV38’s performance today.

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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 5, 2003 - link

    you're all idiots Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    I think everyone knows that those FS2004 results were Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    Bishot Mgdbottled here,
    I just wanna say Anad did a great Job!

    Those FS2004 results are the truth, I get 100FPS no problem with my 9700P! while All the NV boys get is 20-30! Hah!

    Thats why Anad will always be my top techie site!

    ATI Rocks NVidia sucks! End of story! I here that Nvidia got dropped by Microsoft from any DX10 development participation!

    Woohoo! Even MS knows what we all know, NV sucks!
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    I would like to see a comparison with a game that uses the "meant to be played optimizations".

    That could be a real hoot.
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    I still trust Anand more than HardOCP, I won't even give the H my hits anymore I detest them so much.

    This is definately one of the lowest quality and only review I can remember with such low integrety for Anandtech.

    Sorry guys, please use don't insult our intellegence by posting articles like this.
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    ATi is currently deciding who gets 9600XT samples while they wait for them to ship... Reply
  • Curley - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    Take a stand. No matter how many games you include or how long you make the reviews, the educated reader knows what you are doing.

    Intestinal fortitude is a hard thing to come by.

    That is why HARD OCP is now my home page.
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    Those Fs2004 results are great!

    What the H**l were you guys smoken?

    Didn't you even think when you got those funny results?

    No, I guess you did not.

    Anad, I'm sorry but yer site has lost all credence.

    So long.
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    Stupid moron! Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 4, 2003 - link

    Mgdbottled here again,

    I see non of you NV dwarfs can speakup in behalf of your beloved nvidia! HA! Your card sucks so go home!

    ATI 2xAA is better than anything FX cards can do! HA! AND THEY don't cheat!!!!

    I swithched my trilien filter on by selecting performance mode and at 16anison this card just screams!

    ATI F***ing rocks man!!!

    OK, me an Bigshot are the same, I had to do that because someone was using my nick.

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