As mentioned, we will be testing three 9600GT cards based on the P545 PCB in this review. Two of them are from Inno3D, and one from XFX. All three sport
different BIOSes, yet share the same PCB design and components onboard. Initial problems with the 9600GT (outlined here) appear to have been ironed out (no pun intended, soldering iron wielders), so the
P545 boards are “good to go”. In subsequent pages, we’ll be grinding the cards under our millstone, one by one.
The lineup, ready for an onslaught of tests.
Inno3D 9600GT 512MB & “Overclock”
Inno3D was rather excited about sending us samples of their GeForce 9600GT graphics accelerators, excited enough to drop not one, but two samples of their latest with us. One of the two is overclocked, whilst the minimalist theme sticks.
The Inno3D boxes. The overclocked is distinguished only by the “OVERCLOCK” sticker.
Packaging is simple, but sturdy. I particularly like the way the card is held within the box by foam supports.
Provided are minimalist accessories.
The Inno3D cards with different overlays.
XFX 9600GT 512MB “XXX” Edition
Despite sharing the same PCB design, the XFX is marketed in a totally different manner from the two Inno3D graphics accelerators. The gamer-oriented theme sticks as you ruffle through the package.
Instructions, drivers and a hound to keep you isolated while you frag. Company of Heroes is included with the XFX Card.
So wicked-sick, you can’t tell the nine from the six.