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Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv vs lowrance Elite-9 Ti

by | Last updated: May 6, 2021


How are they different?


The big differences are in charts, networking and sonar/fishfinder features. This isn’t really a fair comparison as the UHD 93sv is next generation and is quite a bit more advanced with more features.

Here are the details.




One of the major differences between the two units is in the pre-loaded mapping. Both charts are very good but the Elite Ti offers more 3rd party options.
The UHD 93sv has LakeVü g3 inland maps plus Navionics data, which are advanced shallow freshwater fishing maps with excellent clarity and detail for more than 17,000 U.S. lakes.
LakeVü g3 features integrated Garmin and Navionics content with up to 1’ contours that provide a clearer view of the lake bottom layout.
Additional LakeVü g3 features include… Auto Guidance, Custom Depth Range Shading for target depths at a glance and Shallow Water Shading, to see “user-defined” shallow depths easily.
Garmin’s maps are proprietary meaning you cannot add third-party maps to Garmin.

The Elite-9 Ti comes standard with either a built-in detailed U.S. background map, C-MAP Pro or U.S/Can Navionics+. It also supports a bunch of other chart options.
Lowrance gives you the ability to use other charts like Lowrance Lake Insight, Lake Insight PRO, and HD, Insight Genesis.
Additional mapping options include third-party charts like Navionics Gold and HotMaps Premium, Fishing Hotspots PRO and Jeppesen C-Map Max- N.



Another big difference is in Sonar. The Elite-9 Ti sonar is pretty good but the UHD 93sv offers a lot more.


The ECHOMAP UHD 93sv –  comes with a very powerful built-in fishfinder that includes CHIRP Traditional, ClearVü Down, and SideVü which is comparable to the Elite Ti.

Where the UHD 93sv pulls ahead is with the added 1200kHz Ultra High Definition sonar channel and the support for Panoptix for live view.

The  UHD ClearVü and UHD SideVü supports 800/1200kHz and has a power output of 500W and is incredibly clear in depths less the 60′.

If you need more power, the ECHOMAP UHD supports adding Blackbox Sonar like Panoptix.

Another cool feature is the ability to record sonar to a microSD card and review it later in HomePort.

Additonal specs include

  • CHIRP Max depth in freshwater is about 2,300’ @ 77kHz
  • CHIRP Max depth in saltwater is about 1,100’@ 77kHz
  • ClearVü Down / SideVü to about 300′
  • UHD ClearVü / UHD SideVü best in less than 100′



The Elite-9 Ti comes with built-in CHIRP Traditional, DownScan/SideScan StructureScan sonar.

CHIRP Traditional includes 500W of power, uses 50/83/200kHz (Broadband) frequencies, and is good to about 1000ft.

DownScan and SideScan StructureScan uses 455/800kHz
and is good to about 300ft down and 150-300ft out to the sides.

Additional features include Trackback, which lets you review sonar history and scroll back through your history and mark those spots you want to check out.

Trackback is available while using CHIRP sonar, SideScan, or DownScan Imaging.





This can be a biggy if you want to run more than one unit and connect them together. The ECHOMAP UHD is fully networkable, the Elite Ti is not.


ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Wired Networking – The UHD network sharing is done via Garmin Marine Network cable.  You can share sonar data, waypoints, routes, and supplemental charts with other 7″ or 9″ ECHOMAP UHD or ECHOMAP Ultra units.

All sonar channels can be shared from any connected device including CHIRP, Downvu, Sidevu, and choosing from any transducer.

Two units can be connected directly via the Panoptix network port or you can connect additional units using the Garmin Port Expander.

Wifi & Bluetooth Support – for software updates, remote control, and media.



Elite-9 Ti – The Elite Ti series is more of a stand-alone unit and is not networkable for sharing sonar, however, user data like waypoint and routes can be shared between unit using NMEA 2000

Wireless Connectivity is built-in to the Elite-9 Ti for things light connecting the Power-Pole shallow water anchor or using remote viewing with your smartphone via the Go Free app.

WiFi also gives access to download software updates, C-MAP Genesis maps, and upload detailed service reports to technical service for quick and easy customer support.

Bluetooth Support – for media and other Bluetooth devices.





The UHD 93sv unit is slightly wider than the Elite-9 Ti; this may be a factor if your dash is really tight for space.





The UHD 93sv has a 5Hz GPS and the Elite-9 Ti has a 10Hz GPS. The difference between the two is in the acquisition speed.

The 5Hz generally will query the Satellite 5 times per second and the 10Hz will query the satellite 10 times per second.

A 10Hz will lock onto the satellite slightly faster than a 5Hz on startup.

The difference between the two would not be noticeable on a GPS on a boat. This is something that would probably matter more on a Mach 1 airplane or ballistic missile. 🙂





Custom Screens – Both models have split-screen functions however the ECHOMAP UHD 93sv has more screen combinations.

The UHD 93sv offers 7 screen combinations and the Elite-9 Ti offers 4. The panel size on both is adjustable.

The additional UHD 93sv custom screen options in my opinion are a big plus!

Touch Screen – Both are touch screens, however, the Elite Ti doesn’t support pinch to zoom like the UHD.





The UHD 93sv has more waypoint storage @ 5000 vs 3000 on the Elite-9 Ti but the UHD has fewer tracks @ 50 vs 100.

Route capacity is the same @ 100.





Media compatibility  – ECHOMAP UHD is compatible with Fusion-Link while the Elite Ti is compatible with the SonicHub2 marine audio system.

Planning software – Garmin uses Homeport and Lowrance uses Insight  Planner.

App Control – Garmin uses Active Captain for view/control while the Elite Ti uses the LINK for remote view (smartphone and tablet)
and control (tablet only).

Both are free in Android and Apple App Stores.

Price Range – Both units, with a transducer, are not too far in the price range. The Elite-9 Ti can be found for around $750.00 and the UHD about $1000.00



Features - ECHOMAP UHD 93sv

Performance Features

  • 9” Chartplotter | Sonar Combo
  • Keyed assist touchscreen
  • 400 x 800 pixel WVGA Color Display
  • Wide viewing angle & excellent clarity
  • Good visibility in direct sunlight
  • Internal antenna or external over NMEA 2000
  • Built-in 5Hz GPS receiver
  • Quick-Release mount | Bracket or flush
  • Garmin Network/Panoptix Ports | 1
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® to pair with ActiveCaptain app
  • AIS and DSC Support
  • NMEA 0183 and 2000.
  • Receive data from autopilots, engines, sensors & VHF

  Charting | Mapping

  • LakeVü g3 inland maps
  • Navionics data & Auto Guidance
  • SailAssist –  pre-race guidance, synchronized race timer, virtual starting line, time to burn and lay line data fields
  • ActiveCaptain app for access to – OneChart  | Smart notifications | Garmin Quickdraw Community data
  • Quickdraw Contours for personalized 1′ contours maps
  • 1 microSD memory card slot | 32 GB max
  • 5,000 Waypoints
  • Track Log – 50,000 points | 50 saved tracks
  • 100 Routes (250 waypoints each)

  Fishfinder | Sounder

  • Full Built-in Sonar Capabilities
  • Output Power | 500W traditional | CHIRP
  • CHIRP Traditional Sonar | 50, 77, 83, or 200 kHz
  • UHD SideVü CHIRP | 260/455/800kHz
  • UHD ClearVü  CHIRP | 260/455/800/1200kHz
  • Output Power | 500w
  • Maximum Depth Freshwater | 2,300’/77kHz
  • Maximum Depth  Saltwater | 1,100’/77kHz
  • Supports Panoptix Sonar
  • Sonar Recording | Reviewing with HomePort
  • Sonar history rewind

Features - Elite-9 Ti

Performance Features

  • Easy-to-use, high-resolution touchscreen
  • 800 x 480 with Brilliant SolarMax™ Display
  • Full Touchscreen | Button Control
  • Lowrance CHIRP sonar | 500 watts
  • Built-in SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ capability
  • StructureScan® HD ready with TotalScan™ transducer
  • Internal 10Hz GPS+WAAS/MSAS/EGNO
  • Integrated wireless and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • SmartSteer™ control for Xi5 Trolling Motor
  • Single MicroSD card slot
  • NMEA 2000® engine support
  • Detailed U.S. background map
  • Wide selection of cartography options


Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv or Lowrance Elite-9 Ti Which one Should I Choose?


ECHOMAP UHD 93sv or Elite-9 Ti?


Charts and mapping between these two units are pretty comparable with the edge given to the Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv with LakeVü g3 for detail.

The choice really lies in the networking and sonar fishfinding features; here the UHD 93sv wins with the added ultra high definition channel and the better networking sharability.

If you don’t need UHD sonar or advanced network sharing that the ECHOMAP UHD series offers, then the Elite Ti is still a solid choice.

Note: The Echomap Plus 93sv is actually a more direct comparison to the Elite-9 TI than the Echomap UHD 93sv.


Rear Connections


Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv - Connections
^ ECHOMAP UHD 93sv | Rear Connections ^

Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93 and UHD 94sv Rear Connections
^ Elite-9 Ti | Rear Connections ^




ECHOMAP UHD 93sv and Lowrance Elite-9 Ti Comparison
Best Price - Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Best Price on - Lowrance Elite-9 Ti


Comparison Table

ECHOMAP UHD 93sv vs Elite-9 Ti



Model ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Elite-9 Ti
Physical dimensions 11.4"x6.5"x2.4"
28.2x16.4x6.0 cm
6.40" x 10.49" x 2.95"
162.75 x 266.50 x 75.10 mm
Weight 2.3 lbs. 3.25lb (2.5kg)
Water rating IPX7 IPX7 with card door closed
Display type WVGA | Key-Assist Touchsreen Touchscreen | Button
Display size 7.8" x 4.8"| 9" diagonal
9" diagonal
Display resolution 400 x 800 pixels 800 x 480 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available 1200 nits
Power consumption 1.5A | 12V 0.9A @ 13VDC with backlight on full
Supply - 12v DC (10-17VDC)
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA 2000 Internal 10Hz GPS
Mounting options Bail or flush U Bracket | Flush Mount

Maps & Memory

Model ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Elite-9 Ti
On-Board Memory No
Accepts data cards 1 microSD card | 32GB Max 1 MicroSD | Max 32GB
Waypoints 5,000 3000
Routes 100 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks 100 Trails
Preloaded Maps LakeVü g3 inland maps + Navionics
High-Detail C-MAP US Enhanced Mapping.

Supports: Lowrance Lake Insight, Lake Insight PRO, and HD, Insight Genesis, Navionics Gold and HotMaps Premium, Fishing Hotspots PRO and C-Map Max-N.

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes Yes | C-MAP

Chartplotter Features

Model ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Elite-9 Ti
Radar compatible No No
Sonar compatible Traditional CHIRP
UHD ClearVü
UHD SideVü
Integrated: CHIRP | DownScan | SideScan | StructureScan HD
Supports AIS Yes NMEA 2000 | NMEA 0183
Weather No No
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link FUSION-Link SonicHub®2
Black Box sonar support Yes No
Planning Software Compatible HomePort Yes - Insight Planner
App-Control Compatibility Active Captain Yes - Lowrance Link App
Remote Input Device - compatible No No
Alarms Navigation
GPS - Arrival, Off-Course, Anchor

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Elite-9 Ti
Transmit Power 500W Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü 500W RMS
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes 50/83/200kHz
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology CHIRP: 50-200 Low/Mid/High CHIRP
ClearVü | Down UHD CHIRP ClearVü 455/800kHz | DownScan
SideVü | Side UHD CHIRP SideVü 455/800kHz | SideScan
Forward View Panoptix No
Sonar | Additional Max Depth:
1000' (mid/high CHIRP)
300' | Downscan
300' | Sidescan


Model ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Elite-9 Ti
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 1 1 - With Cable
NMEA 0183 output ports 1 1- With Cable
Marine Network Ports 1 Panoptix NMEA 2000 - data input | output
Video input ports No No
Video output ports No No
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes-Limited


Model ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Elite-9 Ti
SEE PRICE »» ECHOMAP UHD 93sv - Price Lowrance Elite-9 Ti - Price
Additional - 1 Sailing Features

In The Box

In The Box ECHOMAP UHD 93sv with LakeVü g3 for U.S
Power/data cable
Tilt mount with quick release cradle
Flush mount
Protective cover

Some Bundles include
GT54UHD-TM transducer
Elite-9 Ti Unit
Gimbal Bracket & Knobs
Bracket Knobs for NSS evo2/Zeus2/HDS gen2T
FUSE-1 Set of 3 x 3-amp Fuses
7-pin Transducer to 9-pin Sonar Adapter
HDS/Elite/Hook/Mark Power Only Cable
7 pin blue XDCR TO 9 pin black adapter cable.



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