MSI 9600GT Hybrid Freezer

Introduction

Introduction

While spending a few extra pounds on a more powerful graphics card might seem perfectly acceptable to you, spending an extra few pounds on a quieter graphics card is often considered a bit of a waste. This is generally because you don't see any visual benefit, and noise reductions are negligible if any. Today MSI have got something rather interesting for us to look at, so we will  be using our ears rather than our eyes for this one.

The cooler used on the 9600GT received is far from stock, and for once it doesn't appear to just be a third party cooler by one of the common culprits such as Thermaltake or Zalman, but seems to be an in-house design by MSI. This is particularly good, as it means the card and cooler will have been tailor made to integrate with each other, which should give much better results. 

The cooler used is different to others in a couple of ways. First off, it is passive while the card is idle, meaning that whilst you are just browsing the web or downloading files the card will emit no noise whatsoever. Here's the good bit though, only when gaming and when the card hits a certain temperature will the fan kick in - drastically reducing the use of the fan and the noise emitted by the card.

We couldn't get any official specs from the MSI website, but here are the basics which were found on the packaging and sourced from GPU-Z:

Core Clock: 700mhz
Mem Clock: 1800mhz
Shader Clock: 1722mhz
1024MB Graphics Ram
All solid capacitors
MSI Live update 3
Two Dual link DVI outputs

The overclock is only marginal, with the core speeds up 50mhz from the 9600GT's 650mhz stock, but it is still a welcome boost. The memory see's the biggest difference from the stock card, with 1024MB compared to 512MB. Today however, we will not be looking too closely at how well the card performs, but will be focusing on the cooler instead.
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Most Recent Comments

15-03-2009, 10:43:53

Luigi
'Unlike most after market coolers which are made by Zalman or Thermaltake, MSI have decided to make their own. We find out if it really is cool or just a load of hot air.'

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...110238234s.jpg

Read the full review here.

15-03-2009, 10:55:58

Diablo
145....what?!?! You could get two stock 9600GTs for that money and sli them. Nice review guys but shame about the result.

At least you were honest about it, nice to see that you don't just give reccomending reviews.

15-03-2009, 11:04:45

monkey7
Nice review, indeed a shame about the card itself. Just an adjusting fan would be nice, 0% at <50*C and then slowly revving up instead of just kicking in with 100% at 85*C.

15-03-2009, 11:09:14

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Nice review, indeed a shame about the card itself. Just an adjusting fan would be nice, 0% at <50*C and then slowly revving up instead of just kicking in with 100% at 85*C.
yeah, that's what I would much rather see, so that you can still have passive cooling when you aren't running anything demanding.

15-03-2009, 12:29:49

zak4994
Bit late isn't it?

Red PCB with blue cooler?

Not cool dude.

15-03-2009, 14:34:52

BloomerzUK
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
Bit late isn't it?

Red PCB with blue cooler?

Not cool dude.
No pun intender ?

15-03-2009, 23:22:59

Rastalovich
Good review, decent card, strange release for the price comparison just with it's own counterparts.

16-03-2009, 14:48:47

GavX
Teah Saphires 1024Mb HD4870 with fancy cooler is 165 at some places, or save 20 and get this... wonder what one people will pick

I saw this and just thought it was a really old review somehow on the front page, sadly not the case, I doubt this will shift many boxes

21-03-2009, 01:10:56

pafk0o
Big lol the price , considering that soon you will get OcUK Value GeForce GTX 260 for 156(if you dont belive check link below) , this card is a big joke.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-114-OK&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=927
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