XFX Geforce 7600GT Fatal1ty - Cooler and Faster than others

Videocards/VGA Reviews by geoffrey @ 2007-01-12

With the official release of the NVIDIA G80 based high end video cards in November last year, it is only a matter of months before we see new mid-range mayhem released for every budget minded gamer out there. At the very last moment XFX decided to satisfy gamers with one of the last G70 based video cards, their 7600GT Fatal1ty edition features passive cooling and faster clock speeds at a competitive price. How much faster? We find out.

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Test setup & Benchmark methodology

Test setup

Geoffreys' Intel Test Setup
Madshrimps (c)
CPUIntel E6600 @ 3,6GHz
CoolingZalman 9700 LED
MainbordAsus P5B Deluxe Wifi
Memory2x1Gb TEAMGROUP Xtreem 800MHz 4-4-4-10
  • OCZ Powerstream 600W PSU
  • Maxtor 80Gb PATA HDD
  • Seagate 200GB SATA HDD
  • 20" Dell UltraSharp 2007FP TFT monitor

  • The CPU was running at 3,6GHz by setting the front side bus to 400MHz and keeping the multiplier at default (9). The memory was running @ 400MHz (800MHz DDR) with 4-4-4-10 timings 1/1 with the FSB.
  • ForceWare 91.47 drivers

    Benchmark methodology

    We compared the XFX 7600GT Fatal1ty against NVIDIA's stock 7600GT and against the highest stable overclock we could get with the XFX VGA card.

    GeForce 7600GT
    XFX 7600GT Fatal1ty stock
    XFX 7600GT Fatal1ty overclock
    Core clock
    560 MHz
    650 MHz
    700 MHz
    Memory clock
    1400 MHz
    1600 MHz
    1660 MHz

    All tests were done with a 20” LCD monitor with maximum resolution of 1600*1200. For mid-range VGA cards this resolution can be quite stressful in newer games especially when higher quality settings are enabled like anti aliasing and anisotropic filtering.

    These resolutions were tested:

  • 1024*768
  • 1280*1024

    Depending on what game we ran, IQ was set a bit different. You will be informed at all time at what it is actually set. The game image quality options were set to highest possible. FRAPS was used to measure the FPS during repeated manual run-throughs of a certain part of the game tested, the minimum, maximum and average values were recorded.

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    Comment from SuAside @ 2007/01/12
    i kinda miss a X1950Pro thrown into the mix... (and a real case )
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/12
    X1950Pro is out the 7600GT league, the 7900GS is the X1950Pro match which Geoffrey compared earlier here: http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=523
    Comment from Massman @ 2007/01/12
    I really like the card's specs, 80nm should be one good overclocker
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/12
    SusAside, you might have a point, the X1950Pro performs quite on par with the 7600GT in this review: http://www.trustedreviews.com/graphi...1ty-7600-GT/p4
    Comment from HitenMitsurugi @ 2007/01/13
    Depends on what graph and game you're looking at, and what the bottleneck in the system is

    upping res/AA gives you this:

    Which is another extreme case, i know, but just as valid. The problem is that they don't mention the system test configuration
    If you look at how cs:source scales, you see a big cpu bottleneck at 1280x1024, with all the cards performing the same, and only some spacing apart as the resolution increases. If you'd only look at that one resolution, you'd draw the wrong conclusions.

    and the price difference isn't that big, in germany u can find x1950pro's for €165 for the bog standard cards, but a more general pricerange is €180-200

    edit: ah yes they do: "To test I used our standard selection of benchmarks in our reference Intel 975XBX “Bad Axe” motherboard, with an Intel X6800 Core 2 Duo, coupled with 2GB of Corsair CMX1024-6400C4 running at 800MHz with latency settings of 4-4-4-12." Strange that even that processor bottlenecks these mid range cards.
    Comment from SuAside @ 2007/01/13
    well, it might be 35 euros more expensive, but it's still ATI's best mainstream card (price/performance). a comparison with that is always educational i'd say (and a good reference).
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/13
    the 7600GT is competitor to X1650XT in fact, as seen in this review: http://www.madshrimps.be/vbulletin/s...ad.php?t=29022

    unfortunately Geoffrey changed test configs, so he couldn't reuse the numbers of his X1950Pro tests, the cards have been since send back to companies.
    Comment from flokel @ 2007/01/28
    Can somebody tell me how high the 7600gt fatality is ?

    I'm worried if the card fits in my silverstone lc-16m

    Comment from geoffrey @ 2007/01/30
    Zalman HD135 ---> 135mm
    Silverstone LC-16M ---> 170mm

    XFX 7600GT Infin1ty ----> +-150mm

    Should fit in there.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/07/10
    * Cheapest "stock" 7600 GT is now only €79
    * The Fatality version is only €119

    * Cheapest "stock" 8600 GT €99
    * OC'd XFX 8600 GT €119
    * XFX Fatality 8600 GT €149

    will be interesting to compare these cards, don't ya think will be testing them the coming week; shown down of NVIDIA low/mid end