64 Shader Processors: NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT

Unlike previous generations of graphics accelerators (think Radeon 9600XT, GeForce 4 MX) where creativity breeds competitive designs,

today’s graphics accelerators are all-too-often OEM offsprings. The dawn of a new chipset for NVIDIA will not attempt to stray from this safe trend; three of

the four 9600GT graphics accelerators with us today are found with the P545 reference PCB design, complete with spoonfed component choices and layout.

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ModelInno3D 9600GT 512MBInno3D 9600GT 512MB Overclock
Palit/Xpertvision 9600GT 512MB
XFX 9600GT 512MB XXX Edition

Sapphire HD3850 512MB

XFX 8800GS 384MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition
Sparkle 8800GT 512MB Overclocked
Stream Processors

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

320

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">96

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">128

Fab Process

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

55nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

Core Clock (MHz)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">650

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">700

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">700

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">700

668

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">575

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">675

Shader Clock (GHz)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.625

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.625

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.75

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.75

-

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.35

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.728

Memory Clock (MHz)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1800 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1900 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">2000 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">2000 DDR

1656 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1700 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1800 DDR

Memory Type

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

Memory Interface

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">192bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">384bit

Memory Bandwidth (GB/s)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

52.99

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">40.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">86.4

Texture Fillrate (billion/sec)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

10.688

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">27.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">36.8

Power Connector

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">Two

Specifications wise, the 9600GT cards with us today share much similarities. Clockspeeds and features would decide the desirablity of

these graphics accelerators. We’ve prepared a 7-way shootout for these cards. How they do on paper is shown in the above table. Like the 8800GT, the 9600GT

comes with a 2-phase VRM, we will touch further on that later in the review. More on setup configuration in the following CPU-Z dump:

cpuz 64 Shader Processors: NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT

IMG 9962 64 Shader Processors: NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT

CPU cooling was provided by a Swiftech Apogee GT looped in with a 2.120 heatercore and a LAING DC pump. Seagate 7200.7 80GB harddisks provided storage. Operating System was Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x86 with ForceWare 174.13 drivers.

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Unlike previous generations of graphics accelerators (think Radeon 9600XT, GeForce 4 MX) where creativity breeds competitive designs,

today’s graphics accelerators are all-too-often OEM offsprings. The dawn of a new chipset for NVIDIA will not attempt to stray from this safe trend; three of

the four 9600GT graphics accelerators with us today are found with the P545 reference PCB design, complete with spoonfed component choices and layout.

cellpadding="0" width="700" border="1">

ModelInno3D 9600GT 512MBInno3D 9600GT 512MB Overclock
Palit/Xpertvision 9600GT 512MB
XFX 9600GT 512MB XXX Edition

Sapphire HD3850 512MB

XFX 8800GS 384MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition
Sparkle 8800GT 512MB Overclocked
Stream Processors

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">64

320

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">96

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">128

Fab Process

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

55nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">65nm

Core Clock (MHz)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">650

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">700

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">700

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">700

668

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">575

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">675

Shader Clock (GHz)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.625

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.625

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.75

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.75

-

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.35

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1.728

Memory Clock (MHz)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1800 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1900 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">2000 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">2000 DDR

1656 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1700 DDR

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">1800 DDR

Memory Type

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">GDDR3

Memory Interface

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">256bit

256bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">192bit

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">384bit

Memory Bandwidth (GB/s)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">57.6

52.99

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">40.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">86.4

Texture Fillrate (billion/sec)

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">20.8

10.688

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">27.6

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">36.8

Power Connector

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">One

style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51,51,51)">Two

Specifications wise, the 9600GT cards with us today share much similarities. Clockspeeds and features would decide the desirablity of

these graphics accelerators. We’ve prepared a 7-way shootout for these cards. How they do on paper is shown in the above table. Like the 8800GT, the 9600GT

comes with a 2-phase VRM, we will touch further on that later in the review. More on setup configuration in the following CPU-Z dump:

cpuz 64 Shader Processors: NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT

IMG 9962 64 Shader Processors: NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT

CPU cooling was provided by a Swiftech Apogee GT looped in with a 2.120 heatercore and a LAING DC pump. Seagate 7200.7 80GB harddisks provided storage. Operating System was Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x86 with ForceWare 174.13 drivers.

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