The GeForce 9600 GT ranks third-bottom in this test as its G94 core cannot compare with the RV670 in terms of computing resources. The other tested cards are ranked up according to their specs. Note that both versions of Radeon HD 3870 have the same result while the Gigabyte GV-RX385256H is slower than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
The performance of the GeForce 9600 GT is the main difference between the results of the SM2.0 and SM3.0/HDR tests. In the first case this card is about as fast as the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and the overclocked Gigabyte GV-RX385256H. And in the second case, it is far slower than them, being on the same level with the ATI Radeon HD 3850.
The RV670-based cards cannot match the GeForce 9600 GT in the first test. And in the second test the overclocked card from Gigabyte is the only to rival Nvidia’s solution.
It’s completely different in the SM3.0/HDR tests that demand all of the GPU’s computing resources. Both versions of Radeon HD 3870 are in the lead and the Gigabyte card is even faster when overclocked. The GeForce 9600 GT is about as fast as the Gigabyte GV-RX385256H overclocked to 820/800 (1600) MHz. The results of the individual tests agree with the results of the groups of tests.