XFX 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition 740M 512mb

The card - a closer look

The XFX Alpha Dog XXX Edition 9600 GT - close in
Last time I looked at the 9600 GT it had a 3rd party cooler installed on it. This time, we're looking at the stock cooler from XFX. The Alpha Dog edition is based around a black PCB with a card-keeper-esque bracket to make sure that the whole thing doesn't flex too much.
xfx 9600 gt alpha dog edition xxx  xfx 9600 gt alpha dog edition
You'll notice that the cooler spreads all the way across the memory modules for the card, perhaps because they're running at a swift 2000Mhz.
xfx 9600 gt xxx edition  XFX logo
XFX have used all high quality Japanese capacitors for the card which gives it an air of quality. The XFX logo on the side of the card also shows a nice level of detail in the card.
The card requires a single 6PIN PCI-e power.
The card has two Dual DVI HDCP enabled outputs, as well as the usual TV-out S-Video. This is what we have come to expect, although I was slightly surprised HDMI wasn't included on the card itself. Still, there's a converter in the box that works just fine.
The Cooler
The cooler on the XFX 9600 GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition is the stock Nvidia cooler. With a copper base and copper fins it should do the trick to keep the GPU cool. Running at around 35°C idle and 58°C load, the card certainly does keep the GPU cool and does it's job very well.
9600 gt fan
BUT (you knew it was coming!), the cooler is obnoxiously loud at pretty much all times. Recording the sounds at idle and at load I uploaded them for you to hear:
As you can hear, the card is very loud and even though it is bound to be a little quieter inside a case (the test setup is on a bench), it is whiny enough to get very annoying. This is slightly disappointing considering Nvidia's partners generally have been doing pretty well keeping these cool cards quiet.
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Most Recent Comments

07-04-2008, 10:10:22

Nice review Matt.. Detailed as ever.

Neither of the 9600s are for me, but its good to see XFX bringing out an Alpha Dog editions as like you said it needed a little boost from stock to bring it in to a decent bracket.Quote

07-04-2008, 10:15:16

Great review m8. £114.. I mean we call it a "mid range" card, so arguably it`s a higher-mid-range for the 9 series, but the nVidia cards at present are all over the shop imo. - unless you forget about the 8 series completely.

Personally I like to compare the x6xx card with x6xx in the same series and the series below - only cos mid range is mid range - but it competes with the 8800GT in many respects, including it`s ability to clock better, and supposedly SLI better. `Would u SLI 88GT or 96GT ?`, many would say 96GT if that were the choice.

Then again also, XFX pushing the card very well imo.Quote

07-04-2008, 10:48:44

good review

medeocre card....hmmQuote

07-04-2008, 13:58:44

It's a mid-range card, of course it's mediocre!Quote

07-04-2008, 14:46:28

the 8600GT was quite exceptional, performance and feature wise

this is...medeocre, in comparison to the 9800GTX

wheras the 8600GT was just a cut down version of the 8800GTXQuote

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