Comparing Video Cards: Are they all the same?

By needhelpinnz · 8 replies
Jan 20, 2010
  1. I'm trying to compare these video cards to see if they are pretty similar. Any thoughts?

    -NVidia FX 5700
    -Radeon 9600 (128MB and 256MB versions)
    -Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 card. with 768 MB available RAM and a 2 GHz processor
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    As far as I know, the FX 5700 and Radeon 9600 series of cards are fairly similar with little difference in performance.
  3. needhelpinnz

    needhelpinnz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    I've checked out a few websites and for example rates the 9600 as a 157 on their benchmark scale and the 5700 a 123...but I don't understand why.
  4. batigolalone

    batigolalone TS Rookie

    they are pretty similar.
  5. needhelpinnz

    needhelpinnz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    ------------------------------Radeon 9600--------------GeForce FX 5700
    Core speed---------------325 MHz--------------------425 Mhz
    Pixel Fill Rate-------------1300 Mpixels/s-------------1700 Mpixels/s
    Texture Fill Rate---------1300 Mtexels/s-------------1700 Mtexels/s
    Memory Bus Width-----128-bits-----------------------128-bits
    Memory Speed----------200 MHz ---------------------300 MHz
    Memory Bandwidth------6.4 GB/s---------------------9.6 GB/s

    So this is what I looked up. I'm not interested in overclocking or anything like that. But if a computer is playing a game with either one of these two video cards, will they be pretty similar? Just from looking at it with my limited knowledge I'd say the FX 5700 would be better but it's ranked worse on most comparison sites...

    Can anybody explain WHY they're similar?
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    The Radeon should perform better in dx9 games but the difference is very small. As for the intel one it's not suitable for games.
    Although specs are important you should not forget that GPU's are different in design (ATI/Nvidia) so at the same specs they shouldn't perform the same (think core i7 cpu vs phenom II x4 - at the same clock speed the core i7 is much faster).
    My question is, why do you have such old cards when you can get some extremely cheap ones with a lot more horsepower. For ~30$ you can find the GF 8400 or the HD 3450.

    PS: for agp you can find the hd 4650 for as low as 70$ which is very good.
  7. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    you might want to check this out: found this extensive comparison of the two video cards you are looking at.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    those card are the 9600XT and 5700 Ultra which are more powerful than the simple 9600 and 5700 (think of the difference between hd4870 and hd4890)
  9. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    huh didn't even notice that, guess that's what i get for being in a hurry eh. i agree with what you said about this guy getting a newer card with more power, it would make sense.
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