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9500GT & 9600GT on a Diet

Included with the Galaxy GeForce 9600GT Low Power Low Profile are:

  • Standard-height bracket
  • Low-profile bracket
  • S/PDIF passthrough cable

No DVI-to-VGA converter, but Galaxy can be forgiven considering that this card is more likely to end up in the hands of HTPC enthusiasts.

The Galaxy is significantly longer than the Albatron due to the presence of additional power circuitry.

The Galaxy’s heatsink is not that much larger than the one on the Albatron, but being made of copper it adds quite a bit to the card’s weight.

HTPC enthusiasts will be pleased to find HDMI alongside dual-link DVI. TV-Out users are, well, out of luck…

The secondary heatsink on the power circuitry, is supported by a retention bar on the rear. Underneath this more MOSFETs are hidden – that’s a lot of components crammed into such a small space, which results in the Galaxy being only slightly longer than a reference 9600GT. Another job well done here.

As we mentioned earlier, this card is a Low Power version of the 9600GT, which means slightly lower clocks than normal. While we have yet to see how much this impacts performance, one upside is that a 6-pin auxiliary power connector is no longer required. Hopefully this also means a significant drop in power consumption, something we’ll also be looking into later…

That rounds up our look at the cards, time for some benchmarks…

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