XFX 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition 740M 512mb


The 9600 GT wasn't my favourite GPU when it came out. The lack of clock speed and the fact that it wasn't as competitive in pricing as it should have been was a little disappointing.
The good news is that there's been a few drops in pricing since the 9600 GT came to light and this speedy XFX 9600 GT Alpha Dog XXX 740M Edition is a super fast super charged version that you can pick up for as little as £114 @ Dabs.
That gives a new focus on price and performance and shows that Nvidia's partners were aware that the stock 9600 GT was simply clocked too slow. It's also worth mentioning that XFX are bringing out a 1GB version of the 9600 GT, which should be at an even more competitive price point.
The one major downfall of the XFX card is that the cooler is quite frankly: appallingly loud. Whilst the 9600's are pretty cool anyway, even using Rivatuner slows the fan down to a minimum of 25% which is totally unacceptable noise-wise. This is a total shame as the card is a decent performer apart from this and the cooling capabilities of the cooler are very good.
I'm giving the XFX 9600 GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition 740M 512mb an OC3D Recommended Award, along with a Value Award, perhaps with a proviso that you replace the cooler with something a little more friendly to the ears.
The Good
+ Good performance per £
+ Great bundle
+ Decent looking

The Mediocre
* Still not blinding performance

The Bad
- Awfully loud cooler
recommended  value award 
Thanks to XFX for the review sample
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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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