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.

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 Processors6464646432096128
Fab Process65nm65nm65nm65nm55nm65nm65nm
Core Clock (MHz)650700700700668575675
Shader Clock (GHz)1.6251.6251.751.751.351.728
Memory Clock (MHz)1800 DDR1900 DDR2000 DDR2000 DDR1656 DDR1700 DDR1800 DDR
Memory Interface256bit256bit256bit256bit256bit192bit384bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s)57.657.657.657.652.9940.886.4
Texture Fillrate (billion/sec)20.820.820.820.810.68827.636.8
Power ConnectorOneOneOneOneOneOneTwo

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.

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