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Tyan Tachyon G9600Pro
By: SPeeD
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    2003-10-02

    Table of Contents:
  • Tyan Tachyon G9600Pro
  • Unpacking and Installing
  • Performance
  • Performance (Continued)
  • Performance (Continued 2)
  • Performance (Continued 3)
  • Overclocking And Conclusion

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    Tyan has been a name synonymous with quality PC products since 1989 and recently have entered into the Video Card Graphics segment to provide their customers with quality video solutions for their PC's. Tyan may not be well known in the enthusiast sector since they typically don't make cutting edge motherboards that overclockers can dig their teeth into. They do however make great server and workstation based products with both Intel and AMD chipsets, sporting multiple processors and a high degree of stability and quality.

     

    Manufacturer:

       Tyan
      Product:   Tachyon G9600Pro

    Price:

       USD $163

    Reviewed By:

       Mack "SPeeD"

     

    Tyan Tachyon G9600Pro

     

     

    Introduction

    Tyan has been a name synonymous with quality PC products since 1989 and recently have entered into the Video Card Graphics segment to provide their customers with quality video solutions for their PC's. Tyan may not be well known in the enthusiast sector since they typically don't make cutting edge motherboards that overclockers can dig their teeth into. They do however make great server and workstation based products with both Intel and AMD chipsets, sporting multiple processors and a high degree of stability and quality.

    When ATi announced their Radeon line of graphics cards, several hardware manufacturers jumped at the chance to give their buyers a taste and Tyan was one of them. Serving a full line of Radeon cards, Tyan's most notable is arguably the Tachyon G9700Pro that was one of the best performing 9700 Pro's to date and was a highly sought after video card. This quickly established Tyan as a major player in the video card market and today we take a look at the G9600Pro to see if they can continue to live up to our expectations.

     

     

     


    Specifications

    Here are the official specifications of the Tachyon G9600Pro

     

    Visual Processing Unit
     - ATI® RADEON™ 9600 PRO
     - 400MHz core frequency
    Onboard Frame Buffer
     - 128MB DDR SDRAM
     - 600MHz DDR frequency
    System Requirements
     - Intel® Pentium® 4 / III / II /
     
    - Celeron™ or compatible with
     
    - AGP 8X/4X/2X
     - AMD-K6®/Athlon™/Athlon™
     
    - XP or compatible with AGP
     
    - 8X/4X/2X
     - Windows® XP, 2000, 98/ME
     - 128MB of system memory
     - Installation software requires
     
    - CD-ROM drive
     - DVD Playback requires
     
    - DVD drive
    Video Output
     - DB15 VGA Analog out
     - DVI-I Digital out
        DVI
     - TV Analog out
     . . . S-Video
     . . . Composite
     - Dual Monitor Support
    Package Contents
     - 1 Tachyon Card
     - 3 Video Cables
     - 1 DVI-VGA Adapter
        DVI w/ 2 adapters
     - 1 User's Manual
     - 1 Driver CD:
     . . . Drivers & WinDVD 4.0
     . . . Tachyon Graphics Monitor
     - 1 Quick Installation Guide
         (Multi-Language)
    Interface
     - AGP 8X/4X support
    SMARTSHADER™ 2.0
     • Programmable pixel and vertex shaders (up to
     • 1024 instructions with flow control)
     • 16 textures per pass
     • Pixel shaders up to 160 instructions with
     • 128-bit floating point precision
     • Multiple render target support
     • Shadow volume rendering acceleration
     • High precision 10-bit/ch. frame buffer support
     • Supports DirectX® 9.0 and the latest OpenGL

    SMOOTHVISION™ 2.1
     • 2x/4x/6x full scene anti-aliasing modes
        with programmable sample patterns
     • 2x/4x/8x/16x anisotropic filtering modes

    HYPER Z™ III+
     • 3-level Hierarchical Z-Buffer with early Z test
     • Lossless Z-Buffer Compression

    TRUFORM™ 2.0
     • 2nd generation N-Patch higher order surface
        support

    FULLSTREAM™
     • Hardware accelerated de-blocking tehnology
    VIDEOSHADER™
     • Seamless integration of pixel shaders w/ video

    DISPLAY FEATURES
     • Dual integrated 400MHz DACs
     • High resolution digital output up to 2048x1536

    HYDRAVISION™
     • Supports multi-display configurations

    TACHYON GRAPHICS MONITOR
     • Hardware monitoring of VPU and memory
         temperature and voltage
     • Fan speed adjustment

    Other FEATURES
     • Four parallel rendering pipelines process
        up to 1.6 billion pixels per second
     • Two parallel geometry engines process
        up to 175 million polygons per second
     • 128-bit DDR memory interface

     

     

    Tyan includes everything you'll need to get up and running with the latest drivers and software, as well as TV-Out, S-Video cables and DVI adaptor. Here is a comparison list for the Radeon 9600Pro and 9600 Non-Pro.

     

     RADEON™ 9600 PRO RADEON™ 9600
    Frame Buffer128MB DDR128MB DDR
    Memory Interface128-bit128-bit
    Rendering Pipelines44
    Pixel Fillrate (Gpixels/sec)1.61.3
    Engine Clock (MHz)400325
    Memory Clock (MHz)600400
    Output ConnectionsVGA + TV + DVIVGA + TV + DVI

     

    While the 9600Pro doesn't seem to be extremely more powerful than it's non-pro counterpart, the extra core and memory clock can certainly come in handy when playing your favorite graphically intensive games. Specially when your aching to run some level of FSAA. More on that later.

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