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.
|Model||Inno3D 9600GT 512MB||Inno3D 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|
|Core Clock (MHz)||668|
|Shader Clock (GHz)||–|
|Memory Clock (MHz)||1656 DDR|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/s)||52.99|
|Texture Fillrate (billion/sec)||10.688|
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:
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.