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In this pretty test with the whole bunch of complex graphics scenes the victory belongs to FIC R96P on ATI RADEON 9600 PRO, because the new official Detonator version has no more optimisations to ease GeForce FX’s life.

Conclusion

Well, we have just tested FIC R96P graphics card based on ATI RADEON 9600 PRO (RV350) graphics processor. What did our investigation show? And it showed that the architecture of this chip is much more fit for new generation games and applications, which actively use Pixel Shaders. As far as the performance dependence on the textures quality is concerned, it is not that high and can be neglected for the sake of higher image quality. Unlike GeForce FX 5600 Ultra, which slows down significantly when the Quality mode is enabled.

As for the FIC R96P graphics card, we really liked it a lot due to excellent 2D image quality and high overclocking potential. Of course, we should also give credit to silent cooling system doing its job at nominal frequencies well enough for the graphics chip to stay cool. As for overclocking, I would strongly recommend to get an additional cooler.

This graphics card will suit perfectly for those of you who are looking for good gaming performance in contemporary games and do not want to spend too much money on a high-end graphics solution. Unlike GeForce FX 5600 Ultra, this product will also do well in the upcoming future games, which will actively use shader operations. Moreover, FIC R96P is a good choice for work on large displays due to very good 2D quality. Unfortunately, unlike TYAN, FIC doesn’t have a modification of the same graphics card equipped with two DVI-I Outs that is why if you are a happy owner of two LCD panels, this graphics solution will not suit you.

Highs:

  • High-quality PCB design and mounting;
  • Excellent 2D image quality;
  • Good overclocking potential;
  • High performance in shader operations;
  • Almost noiseless cooling system.

Lows:

  • Poor accessories set.
 
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