Asus 9600 GT - G94 unveiled

The card - close up

Card looks - Asus 9600 GT
Asus have gone with a proprietary cooler for their 9600 GT. This is a cooler not dissimilar to a lot of Zalman's efforts and should cool the card sufficiently.
The PCB is a blue-green colour and comes with the GDDR uncovered. All capacitors on the board are high quality Japanese solid state caps so you shouldn't have a problem with longevity there.
There's not a whole lot remarkable apart from the cooler to point out.
asus 9600 gt front  asus 9600 gt
9600 gt nekked
As you can see, the card isn't unattractive and the green and gold actually compliment each other. The PCB is much cleaner than we've seen in G92 and Nvidia say the TDP of the 9600 GT is 95w, although still included is a power plug.
 card power  card caps
 The chips on the card are Samsung K4J52324QE - BJIA as I have said previously, meaning that they are GDDR3 capable of 1000MHz, although Asus are running them at 900MHz on this card.
The card offers two Dual DVI ports and TV-out via S-Video. Both DVI Ports are HDCP enabled and I believe one is yellow so you know where to plug the HDMI adaptor in!
dual link dvi + HDCP
The Cooler
The cooler on the 9600 GT is as I said a proprietary affair Asus are calling the "Glaciator Fansink". Crap name aside, it's actually not a bad cooler and keeps the card at a steady 31°C idle, whilst holding it to 48°C load.
heatsink close in  Asus cooler close in
9600 gt nekked heatsink
The fan Asus have used for the cooler makes a mild clicking noise and seems to be set to 100% all of the time, most likely due to the fact a 2 PIN plug is used on it. Whilst you can hear thing when you have your ear next to it, the noise is drowned in a normal PC system. Something worth bearing in mind if you're PC is totally silent though.
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Most Recent Comments

21-02-2008, 06:55:24

We take the latest card from Nvidia, via Asus and put it to the test.

9600 GT laid bareQuote

21-02-2008, 08:54:27

OK, let's try again

Enjoy Quote

21-02-2008, 09:23:28

Nice review fella. Shame the card isn't much cop. Sounds like Nvidia got a bit lazy :/Quote

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