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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 30 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

Video Card Testing Methodology

We're getting closer! Benchmark Reviews has high hopes that one day we will be so giant and world famous that every combination of the graphic card available will be on-hand for our product testing. I envy the review sites (all three of them) that have twenty other video cards tested in stand-alone, SLI, and CrossFireX arrays for each and every review. Readers can help us grow to that size as they spread the word, but for now we'll have to make due with what our budget can afford. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is going to test and compare the Palit NE/960TSX0202 GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Sonic graphics card against several other closely-ranked products from within the GeForce family.

At the start of all tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish our display settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. The synthetic benchmark tests in 3DMark06 will utilize shader models 2.0 and 3.0. Every test is conducted at the following resolutions: 1600x1200 (20.1/21" Standard LCD's), 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), and 1024x768 (17" Standard LCD). Each test programs will run after a system restart, and the very first benchmark for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process proved extremely important in the World in Conflict and Supreme Commander benchmarks, as the first run served to cache maps allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

Our website statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and nearly 70% of you are using one of the screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX9 would be used for all tests until demand and software support improve for Windows Vista.

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Test Products

The GeForce 9600 GT is the direct competition for the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card and 8800 GTS. Although NVIDIA released a new 256-bit version of the 8800 GTS, the older 320-bit version (offered with either 640 or 320MB) is still the most widely used video card by PC gamers from this series. Note that the default GeForce 8800 GTS core clock is 500MHz, while the FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB has been carefully overclocked to 600MHz. The standard GeForce 8800 GTS vRAM speed is 800MHz and has also been overclocked to 1030MHz while the shader clock remains at the standard 1200MHz.

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Using the latest GPU-Z utility available for free from our affiliate at techPowerUp!, we verify manufacturer specifications with the actual internal specifications. In regard to the GeForce 9600 GT Sonic, it appears that all specifications match those stated by Palit for the NE/960TSX0202.

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, No Anti Aliasing)
  • Lightsmark 2007 v1.3
  • Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (Fidelity High: 8x AA)
  • World in Conflict v1.0.0.7 Performance Test (Very High Setting: 4x AA/4x AF)

Test System

Benchmark Reviews will test the new Palit GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Sonic discrete graphics card (model NE/960TSX0202 ) against the most widely used NVIDIA products it competes against. Below is a chart with the most recent high-performance offerings from NVIDIA.

Product Series XFX 8800 GS Palit 9600 GT FOXCONN 8800 GTS

ZOTAC 8800 GT

MSI 8800 GTX ZOTAC 9800 GTX Amp!

Gigabyte 9800 GX2

Stream Processors 96 64 96 112 128 128 128 (x2)
Core Clock (MHz) 680 700 600 700 610 756 600 (x2)
Shader Clock (MHz) 1700 1750 1200 1700 1350 1890 1500 (x2)
Memory Clock (MHz) 800 1000 1030 1000 1000 1150 1000 (x2)
Memory Amount 384 MB 1024 MB 640 MB 512 MB 768 MB 512 MB 512MB (x2)
Memory Interface 192-bit 256-bit 320-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit (x2)



 

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# 0662281670Soussan Mustapha 2012-06-13 10:07
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