Mobile 3D Smackdown: Radeon vs. GeForceFX

 
 
By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2003-08-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In which we pit ATI's Mobility Radeon 9600 against nVidia's GeForceFX Go5600. And yet again, nVidia loses to ATI.

Recently, we got our first look at the Mobility Radeon 9600 (formerly code-named M10), and were impressed by the early test results. At that time, we hadnt yet tested nVidias latest mobile GPU, the GeForceFX Go5600. The problem we encountered was the usual suspect when testing laptop-based GPUs: matching the other system components. We looked at a Mobility Radeon 9600-based laptop from VoodooPC, and a Toshiba laptop that features nVidias GeForceFX Go5600. Each system represents the best laptop shipping using each of the two mobile GPUs, and so we wanted to gauge their performance to see which one would make the best gaming laptop. We expected a pretty intense battle between these two mobile entertainment engines, and thats what we got during our recent head to head tests It was a pretty good brawl, but in the end, only one laptop emerged victorious.
Lets first see how these two GPUs and systems stack up, and then look at our test results.
For the whole story, check out the ExtremeTech article.
 
 
 
 
Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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