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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 Video Card
GeForce 9500 GT Features
9500GT-256FR3 Specifications
GeForce 9500 GT Closer Look
9500GT-256FR3 Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmarks
World in Conflict Benchmarks
9500 GT Power and Temps
NVIDIA G96 Final Thoughts
Foxconn 9500GT-256FR3 Conclusion

GeForce 9800 GT Temperatures

Benchmark Reviews has a very popular guide written on How To Overclock the NVIDIA GeForce Series video card, but it was published shortly after the 8th generation of GeForce products was launched. Currently we are preparing for a more updated article, with additional information on shader overclocking and temperature control as the newest 9th generation GeForce products are made available. Once published you can expect more detailed information than what is shown below, as for now the temperatures depicted are GPU core temperatures at idle and under load.

To begin my testing, I used ATITool v0.26 to record GPU temperatures at idle and again at high-power 3D mode. The ambient room temperature was a comfortable 20.0°C and the inner-case temperature hovered around 33°C. The Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 video card recorded a very cool 40°C in idle 2D mode, and increased to only 65°C in full 3D mode. Overall, it surprised me that the G96 GPU didn't get hotter since the fan-sink was so small in comparison to other G9x coolers..

As the temperature would slowly rise, I did not hear any audible difference in fan noise from the video card. Perhaps 65°C is not enough load to trigger an increase in fan power stepping, or perhaps the video BIOS doesn't offer it at all. Either way, the temperatures were low enough that the GeForce 9500 GT would do well in both desktop and HTPC chassis enclosures.

GeForce 9500 GT Power Consumption

It's becoming difficult to dodge the "doom and gloom" talks these days. Planet Earth is needs our help, badly. With forests becoming barren of vegetation and snow capped poles quickly turning brown, the technology industry has a new attitude towards suddenly becoming "green". I'll spare you the powerful marketing hype that I get from various manufacturers every day in press releases, and get right to the point: your CPU has been doing a lot more to save the planet than your GPU has... until now. Below is a chart with the isolated video card power consumption (isolated component - not total system) displayed in Watts for each specified test product:

Video Card Power Consumption by Benchmark Reviews

VGA Product Description

(sorted by combined total power)

Idle Power

Loaded Power

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 SLI Set
82 W
655 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Reference Design
53 W
396 W
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Reference Design
100 W
320 W
AMD Radeon HD 6990 Reference Design
46 W
350 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Reference Design
74 W
302 W
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Reference Design
39 W
315 W
ATI Radeon HD 5970 Reference Design
48 W
299 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Reference Design
25 W
321 W
ATI Radeon HD 4850 CrossFireX Set
123 W
210 W
ATI Radeon HD 4890 Reference Design
65 W
268 W
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reference Design
21 W
311 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 Reference Design
42 W
278 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Reference Design
31 W
246 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Reference Design
31 W
241 W
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Reference Design
25 W
240 W
ATI Radeon HD 6970 Reference Design
24 W
233 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 Reference Design
36 W
219 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Reference Design
14 W
243 W
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 11139-00-40R
73 W
180 W
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Reference Design
85 W
186 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Reference Design
10 W
275 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reference Design
9 W
256 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Reference Design
35 W
225 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (216) Reference Design
42 W
203 W
ATI Radeon HD 4870 Reference Design
58 W
166 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Reference Design
17 W
199 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Reference Design
18 W
167 W
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design
20 W
162 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Reference Design
14 W
167 W
ATI Radeon HD 5850 Reference Design
24 W
157 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Reference Design
8 W
164 W
AMD Radeon HD 6850 Reference Design
20 W
139 W
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Reference Design
31 W
133 W
ATI Radeon HD 4770 RV740 GDDR5 Reference Design
37 W
120 W
ATI Radeon HD 5770 Reference Design
16 W
122 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Reference Design
22 W
115 W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Reference Design
12 W
112 W
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Reference Design
9 W
70 W
* Results are accurate to within +/- 5W.

After glancing at our power consumption chart, one might determine that electrical demand rises with performance. However with video cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 offering much better performance than the less efficient GeForce 8800 GTX, you can see that efficiency and consumption are not relative to frame rates.

But if you consider the performance we've seen thus far from the 9500 GT, then it's fitting that it ranks at the bottom (although that's a good thing in this particular case). Something that did surprise me was how close the GeForce 9500 GT came in power consumption to the drastically overclocked ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT. At any rate, with only 30W consumed at idle and 104W under load, the Foxconn 9500 GT isn't going to have a heavy impact on power bills.

Please continue to the review conclusion in the next section, where I share my final thoughts on the G96 graphics processor and give my opinion of the new GeForce 9500 GT product offering.



# Asus 9500 video cardphil ede 2010-07-12 00:19

Can you advise me how many PCIe lanes is required by the Asus EN9500GT/DI/1GD2/V2 video card please.

Thanks again

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# RE: Asus 9500 video cardOlin Coles 2010-07-12 07:04
This video card requires at least a PCI-E 8x slot.
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