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.
The Good
+ Excellent hardware bundle
+ Good cooler
+ Excellent overclocking
+ Decent Performance

The Mediocre
* Looks a bit dated

The Bad
- Loses out to ATI's HD3850 in a lot of our tests
Thanks to Asus for the review sample
Agree with me? Want to abuse me for slating Nvidia? Go ahead, right here
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Most Recent Comments

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

21-02-2008, 09:35:02

Aye. It's good, just not up to par of a "next gen card" in my opinionQuote

21-02-2008, 09:43:37

After seeing the slick-look of the 8800GT stock cooler (looks alone), after not liking the double-slot coolers, the fan-on-a-card appearance to me looks awful >.<

One heck of an oc on that sucker mind u. Bit of a breathe of fresh air from the latest GT/GTS cards, which were woeful clockers imo - and tempremental in the process.

There`s only one thing that holds this mid-range card back for me, cos I do think it seems like a good mid-gamer (rts, tame fps, media), and that`s it`s price in comparison with the ATI variety that can beat it in performance.

Around £127 with £150ish GT out there.. I dunno.

Thanks for the read m8.

The audio work well on the hdmi ?Quote

21-02-2008, 09:52:53

Hmm looks like it didn't do well, not a very good start to the 9 series

Looking forward to the 9800 review though Quote

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