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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Palit GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Sonic NE/960TSX0202
GeForce 9600 GT Features
NE/960TSX0202 Specifications
Palit 9600 GT Sonic Closer Look
NE/960TSX0202 Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmarks
Lightsmark Frame Rates
SupComm: Forged Alliance Results
World in Conflict Benchmarks
GeForce 9600 GT Final Thoughts
Palit NE/960TSX0202 Conclusion

GeForce 9600 GT Final Thoughts

It's never easy to hit the consumer "sweet spot". On paper the G94 GPU fits exactly where it should: between the 8800 GT and 8600 GTS. But with half of its physical cores disabled, I begin to suspect that there is only so much to be done for performance before you have to either fish or cut bait. While I admire that Palit could take the G94 up to 700 MHz, part of me wonders if it was made easier because of the disabled cores. Equally impressive is the incredibly high shader clock speed of 1750 MHz, which certainly managed to show they could hold their own weight against fully-enabled video cards. But the one item that the Sonic 9600 GT touts is the very same item that concerns me: the 1 GB video frame buffer.

Currently Supported GeForce Products GeForce 9 Series Family GeForce 8 Series Family
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 9600 GT (Featured Product)
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 7300 GS
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9600 GT (Featured Product)
GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 9300 GS
GeForce 9300 GE
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB, 512MB and 320 MB)
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8800 GT for Mac
GeForce 8800 GS
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 GS

Keeping in mind that I write these articles with a middle-of-the-road voice, I understand that there are readers that occupy the most technical understanding to the novice who is brand new to this industry. So it's sometimes very difficult to explain away a product feature and expect both sides to understand my perspective... but I do my best. With regards to the 1 GB frame buffer that Palit equips the GeForce 9600 GT Sonic Edition, there are several different angles to consider.

At one end of the spectrum, you have a reduced number of cores operating at a dramatically increased speed. This would lead you to believe that an 'oversized' video memory falls in-line with the rest of the card; or rather that it has the extra vRAM because it's so much faster elsewhere. I tend to think of this the same way as someone who puts huge monster-truck sized tires on their pickup truck. If that truck is running with a V-8 engine, that's one thing, but the 9600 GT is more like a Honda V-TEC 4-cylinder.

On the other end, you must consider the future of video games. While there are very few games that utilize more than 512 MB of video buffer, there are presently none that can take advantage of 1024 MB (1 GB). This doesn't mean that there will never be, because at the NVIDIA Editors Day 2008 event a few weeks ago I witnessed several games that might challenge this notion. So presuming that video games might make use of a 1 GB frame buffer, will it be within this products lifetime and would this product show any advantage? Just more angles to consider, and more questions raised.


But even still, let's pretend you're already using an G80-based 8800 series graphics card; because there are some additional benefits worth considering. To begin with, you're not going to enjoy games such as Crysis, which made a clear distinction between generations. But beyond gaming, you may also be unprepared for that day in the near future when DirectX 10.1 (or the upcoming DX11) resides on your operating system. Finally, there's the potential for using this HDMI-ready solution for something other than video games - such as a home theater PC. There's a longer list of reasons to support the justification in replacing an older G80 video card with the 9600 GT; even beyond using it inside an HTPC for your home theater.

  • DisplayPower Digital media output
  • HDMI Audio and Video Output
  • Expanded bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0
  • Performance potential in SLI mode using AFR technology
  • PureVideo HD hardware acceleration of high-definition movies
  • Dual-stream picture-in-picture streaming content
  • Full High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) support



# 0662281670Soussan Mustapha 2012-06-13 10:07
drivers sur VGA card (nvidia GETFORCE 9600GT 1GB DDR-E
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