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Old 22nd September 2008, 10:56   #1
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Default XFX's GeForce 9600 GSO 680M XXX Edition

When we first had a look at XFXs GeForce 9600 GSO XXX Edition during our initial look at AMDs new ATI Radeon HD 4670, we said that the card was too expensive to really be a competitor with the AMDs new card. However, since then the pricing has dropped by around 10, which makes it only 5 dearer than most Radeon HD 4670 cards on the market today.

With just 5 between the two cards, the purchasing choice is almost a no brainer, unless you are strictly limited to spending 60 and no more. XFXs card offers quite a bit more performance in the games tested here and seems fairly well-suited to current games on the market at 1,280 x 1,024 in particular. At a stretch, playing games at 1,680 x 1,050 is possible, but youll need to make some sacrifices in games like Crysis especially.

Unfortunately though, we were able to find one (yes, one) Radeon HD 4670 for just under 55 Force3Ds Radeon HD 4670 is available on Ebuyer for 54.99 (inc. VAT). This makes things difficult for us because 10 is quite a large difference in price in the mainstream market XFXs 9600 GSO 680M XXX Edition costs 18 percent more.

Of course, we could talk about how great the Radeon HD 4850 is here, and why you should look to stretch to one of those if at all possible, but youre going to have to spend twice as much as these cards to get one. That takes it out of the equation completely, as far as were concerned theyre gunning for completely different markets.

If Force3Ds Radeon HD 4670 stock dries up and no other AMD partner offers the 4670 at under 55, then the decision is a no brainer spend the extra 5 or so and get the XFX card because its well worth it in that situation. However, if more AMD partners drop their 4670 pricing to under 55, both cards look like decent choices itll depend on how much youve got to spend at the end of the day. Wed recommend stretching your budget as far as possible if you can, because the additional performance delivered by XFX's GeForce 9600 GSO 680M XXX Edition is arguably worth an extra tenner.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...-xxx-edition/1
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