MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE Pro is a popular 3D benchmark tool, and one that many gamers use to compare performance results. This test uses a wide range of game and feature tests, and demonstrates overall DirectX 8 performance levels quite nicely. All benchmark testing was performed in 32-bit mode, and used pure hardware DirectX support.
3DMark 2001SE Pro benchmarking shows off the higher-end performance of Radeon 9600 XT quite clearly, especially against the other two Radeon 9600-based video cards. Even the score is quite a change, and the ability of this mid-range Radeon 9600 XT card to surpass the 10K mark is impressive.
Code Creatures is a synthetic 3D benchmark that provides us with yet another angle in any 3D video performance comparison. This is a high-end 3D benchmark that also requires DirectX 8 hardware, and along with 3DMark 2001SE, is a good barometer for potential DirectX 8 game performance.
This chart outlines the Total score produced by the Code Creatures benchmark, and the Radeon 9600 XT once again shows its muscle by breaking the 2K barrier and setting a new mark for mid-range 3D cards.
GunMetal is another DirectX 9 benchmark test, and uses the basic game engine (think Manga-based armor) to really stress a video card's subsystem. This is another very rough game test that uses 2X AA as default, so don't be surprised at the low framerate scores.
The GunMetal benchmark scores show us another relatively even trend, especially in relation to the other DirectX 9 tests. The Radeon 9600 XT shows a nice performance lead, and even at just under 15 fps, this is a good score, and even the Radeon 9800-based cards only break the 20 fps level.