Asus 9600 GT - G94 unveiled
Introduction, packaging, package and specification
Nvidia rumours have abounded and been promising something new for a little while now. Instead of going straight in at the top end, Nvidia have decided that they will beef up their mid-range, which is obviously the highest selling of their add in cards.
This makes sense, especially after ATI released a couple of stonking cards in this price-range in the HD3850 and the HD3870. We've got an Asus card in the labs for some serious testing, so firstly let's look at what we've got.
Yes, that right, Nvidia haven't exactly done a lot from their last 8800 GT incarnation. G94 is basically half a G92. Armed with 64 shaders and the same 256bit memory architecture, the 9600 doesn't break a lot of moulds when it comes to features.
This particular 9600 GT from Asus, the Asus 9600 GT comes stacked with 512mb GDDR3 and a stock clock of 650MHz. The Samsung K4J52324QE - BJIA is clocked to 900MHz, although it should be capable of 1000Mhz or 2000MHz effective. Armed also with 1650MHz stream processors, there's certainly still some speed in this baby.
It's also worth mentioning that Nvidia have done a lot of R&D on the 9600 GT to get SLI working well with the chips, one of the downfall's of the 8600 GT.
Moving swiftly on then...
Asus have kept roughly the same packaging we've seen recently from them with a CGI female character on the front of the box and the rest looking pretty business-like. The packaging this time is lime green and should be pretty stand out on the shelves.
Inside of the box we see that Asus have done their usual job of keeping the graphics card nice and safe, which is reassuring.
As usual, Asus do not disappoint us with the box.
It's good to see that Nvidia and it's partners are recognising that more and more GPU's are being used with HDTV's. You'll see why I've said this when you look at the bundle.
* 1 x S-Video to Composite video
* 1 x DVI to VGA converter
* 1 x DVI to HDMI converter
* 1 x SP-DIF pass-through cable for HDMI
* 1 x Quickstart manual
* 1 x VGA driver disk
* 1 x Utilities disk
* 1 x HDMI
The package has every bit of hardware you should need to connect to all the various sources you'd be using this card and Asus have done well here. There's no game added into the package which is a shame as a lot of gamers like getting a game with the card. Having said that, there hasn't been a decent new release in a while so you should have most of the best games of 2007
Here are the specs of the GPU:
Graphics Engine GeForce 9600GT
Video Memory 512M DDR3
Engine Clock 650 MHz
Shader Clock 1625MHz
Memory Clock 1.8GHz (900MHz DDR3)
Memory Interface 256 bit
DVI Max. Resolution 2560 * 1600
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0
DVI Output DVI-I *2
HDCP compliant YES
HDMI Output YES, via DVI to HDMI adaptor **
D-Sub Output YES, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor
HDTV Output YES, via HDTV Out cable
TV Output YES, via S-Video to Composite
Adaptor/Cable Bundled DVI-to-D-Sub adaptor
Software Bundled ASUS Utilities & Driver
Notes The card size is 4.376 inches x 9 inches
The stock clock speeds aren't hugely great so it will be interesting to see how the card performs.
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