|Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 16 August 2008|
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GeForce 9500 GT Closer Look
The Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT offers a single-slot design that is a small departure from the double-slot sized graphic cards we've seen a lot of lately. The first two things I noticed about the 9500 GT was the fan-sink cooler and SLI expansion port.
It's been quite a while since I had last seen a fan-sink cooler, and even longer since I've seen one on a NVIDIA product. Nevertheless, the 9500 GT promises to deliver many of the latest multimedia features available to the 9th generation of GeForce products, while at the same time offer decent gaming performance for entry-level enthusiasts.
There really isn't too much to talk about when it comes to the overall looks of this card. There's one aluminum-alloy cooler with a small (yet considerably quiet) cooling fan embedded in the middle. None of the memory modules receive heatsinks, however the fins from the fan-sink extend overhead and prevent adding any after-market cooling components.
The backside of the GeForce 9500 GT doesn't offer a very exciting landscape, at least not in comparison to some of the more recent video card products we've tested here at Benchmark Reviews. The printed circuit board is colored a dark brown (intended to be black), with only a few small resistors and diodes covering the surface. The lack of video DRAM modules on the backside make this a cooler-running component.
With limited after-market cooling options, the Foxconn 9500GT-256FR3 is meant to be a stand-alone entry-level product for multimedia enthusiasts and low-demand gamers. The GeForce 9500 GT G96 video card ranks ahead of the 8600 GTS, and directly competes with the 8600 GT it is meant to replace.
Please continue on to the next section where Benchmark Reviews takes a detailed look at the Foxconn GeForce 9600 GT Standard OC Edition video card.