“When we first had a look at XFX’s GeForce 9600 GSO XXX Edition during our initial look at AMD’s new ATI Radeon HD 4670, we said that the card was too expensive to really be a competitor with the AMD’s 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. XFX’s 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 you’ll 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 – Force3D’s 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 – XFX’s 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 you’re 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 we’re concerned – they’re gunning for completely different markets.
If Force3D’s 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 it’s well worth it in that situation. However, if more AMD partners drop their 4670 pricing to under £55, both cards look like decent choices – it’ll depend on how much you’ve got to spend at the end of the day. We’d 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.”
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- XFX 9500GT Alpha Dog Edition Graphics Card Review @ DriverHeaven
- ASUS GeForce EN9800GT 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- XFX 9600GSO 384mb vs Sapphire HD4670 512mb @ OC3D
- VGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Video Card @ Legit Reviews
- Palit 9600GT 1GB Sonic and HD3850 Super+1GB @ Icrontic
- ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series Fan Hacking Guide Rev. 2.0 @ TechARP
- Supercharging the Radeon HD 4870 – PowerColor does it properly @ HEXUS
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card review @ DriverHeaven
- Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- Sapphire HD4670 in Crossfire @ Pro-Clockers
- Sapphire Toxic HD 4850 @ Overclockers Online
- Sapphire Toxic HD 4870 @ Pro-Clockers
The sub $100 graphics market hasn’t been this hot in a long time, if ever. The two main competitors for your hard earned dollars are the HD4670 and the GeForce 9600 GSO. Now XFX has made that segment even more interesting with their 9600GSO XXX edition, with core and shader clocks almost 24% faster than the reference model. The availability is a little low currently, but once it is available you won’t have to spend much extra money to get the advanatges of this XFX card, just check out the scores it managed in bit-tech’s review.