Asus 9600 GT - G94 unveiled
The 9600 GT leaves me a little confused if I'm honest. The reason being is that Nvidia know how the HD3850 performs. They know what numbers it puts out and yet they made a card that basically rivalled it rather than beat it. Sure, I know that it is very close and so much so that it could come down to personal choice, but it still erks me somewhat that Nvidia are relying on their loyal fanbase to buy cards that lose out to ATI's current generation.
Not that the Asus 9600 GT is a bad card, indeed it performs well, but to my mind it's a little close to the pricing of the 8800 and above the pricing of the HD3850. The Asus 9600 GT reviewed today is suggested to go out at about £127, which is slightly more than the quicker HD3850's (around £110ish). That means that even though the ATI card we tested was not stock-clocked, it is still £17 cheaper than this 9600 GT and armed with the same features.
As such it leaves this card a little in no-mans land as far as pricing and performance. Now I know the drivers I am using are beta's (albeit retail shipping drivers) so we should see some performance increase there. I'm also aware that pricing will drop after launch...but there's just something in the back of my mind that leaves me wanting more.
Either way, looking at performance and pricing, I don't think I can recommend the Asus 9600 GT for you to buy right now, perhaps a price cut or two down the line will change my mind.
+ Excellent hardware bundle
+ Good cooler
+ Excellent overclocking
+ Decent Performance
* Looks a bit dated
- Loses out to ATI's HD3850 in a lot of our tests
Thanks to Asus
for the review sample
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