NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT High-end computer graphics card built by NVIDIA, one of the industry’s leading digital display technologies.

This card direct competition for the Radeon HD 3850 from AMD card that the moment of its release did not have a direct rival in terms of price range and performance as the HD 3850 Radeon could not compete with the GeForce 8800 GT already had Its rival with the Radeon HD 3870 and much less with the GeForce 8600 GTS , which was below its category, so that NVIDIA, knowing this and having nothing prepared, decided to launch the GeForce 8800GS at the end of January to compete with the Radeon HD3850, although the GS was a fleeting step, as the real challenger for the ATI card is the GeForce 9600 GT.

Summary

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  • 1 Architecture:
  • 2 Review
  • 3 Specifications:
  • 4 Overclock:
  • 5 Conclusion:
  • 6 See Also
  • 7 Sources

Architecture:

The internal architecture in terms of design has not changed much compared to the G92, while the core of the GeForce 8800 GT has 112 SPUs (Stream Processors Units) ordered in seven blocks of 16 shader units (7 × 16 = 112SP), 56 TAU (Texture Address Units) and 16 ROPs (Rasterization Operator Units).

The new GeForce 9600 GT has the same architecture of unified shader motors although with fewer units in total, ordered in 4 blocks of 16 shader units (4 × 16 = 64SP), thus the 9600 GT has 64 (Stream Processor Units) , 32 TAU (Texture Address Units) and keeps the ROPs (Rasterization Operator Units) at 16, this could clearly indicate a performance penalty, but remember that this card does not compete with the 8800GT, but with the Radeon HD 3850 that in As for architectures, it is not quantitatively affordable because they are different in this regard. Following the launch of the nVidia reference model, manufacturers are free to create products based on the same model, but with different characteristics, thereby expanding the VGA market.

Review

Reference design

Back

PCB (Printed Circuit Board)

GPU core nº 795 65nm

Samsung GDDR3 memories

Refrigeration system

Cooler

The GeForce 9600 GT in its reference design is quite similar to the Look of the GeForce 8800 GT, at first glance they are identical although there are differences that are only noticeable with a face-to-face comparison. The card in its reference model, does not have many visual attractions to offer us, it is based on a black single slot fan / heatsink and white designs or ribbons symbolizing part of the company logo, you can see the fan in charge of cooling the core.

On the back, the card is even much less attractive, here we can only see the green PCB, part of the circuitry routes, the 16 fastening screws of the cooling system (same as No. 8800GT) and some logos indicating one thing and another, you can see that if in more detail the connection interface and the connector for SLI configurations.

Once the cooling of this card is removed, we look at its PCB (Printed Circuit Board) in the nude, the GPU G94 stands out in its center and around it the eight GDDR3 memory chips. The order is quite clean, something common since the 7 series. Next to the SLI connector is an audio output connector to be used next to the HDMI (integrated DVI-HDMI adapter), the cable that is installed in that connector is included in the bundle. The G94, built at 65nm (TSMC) and operating at 650Mhz, has the inscription 795, which could mean that we have GPU nº 795 of this series of cards.

Samsung GDDR3 memories (K4J52324QE) with an access time of 1ns, which gives us a theoretical working frequency of 1000Mhz (2000Mhz effective) so these memories are configured to work at almost their maximum theoretical level, let’s see if later by overclocking we achieve something better. The cooling system is quite similar to that found in the GeForce 8800GT, using heatpipes inside, however, we must insist that this is the reference model that is possibly different from the cooling solutions that the respective assemblers decide to incorporate (not based on reference models). It is worth mentioning that the fan it uses is the improved version of the one used by the GeForce 8800GT.

In this case the cooler does its job, going from being very quiet in an idle state to noisy (bordering on annoying) in loaded scenarios (games, benchmarks, etc). It maintains the temperature of the card within the limits, in the idle state the card was around 50ºC but when subjecting it under load, the card got very hot, reaching around 80 ° C at maximum load.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: nVidia
  • Series: GeForce 9
  • GPU: G94
  • Release Date: 2008-02-21
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
  • Core Clock: 650 MHz
  • Shader Clock: 1625 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 900 MHz (1800 DDR)
  • Memory Bandwdth: 7.6 GB / sec
  • FLOPS: 208 GFLOPS
  • Pixel Fill Rate: 0400 MPixels / sec
  • Texture Fill Rate: 0800 MTexels / sec

Overclocking:

Overclocking is undoubtedly the technique most practiced by you, the enthusiasts, when you buy a video card, it is done for sport or to win some extra frames in games. When a card has a high level of overclocking, it is highly valued by users, although the level that can be reached depends largely on the quality of the components ( Core , memory ) and the efficiency of the cooling system to maintain temperatures at operable levels, let’s go as it was with the GeForce 9600 GT and if it offers overclock options to exploit under higher performance.

In conclusion we can mention that the GeForce 9600 GT has an acceptable level of overclocking, especially in memories and Shader frequencies, perhaps the core was the one that rose the least, but 740Mhz is a fairly high figure for a card of the level of the GeForce 9600 GT, and perhaps with a more efficient cooling system you can reach higher frequencies.

Conclusion:

As a prelude to the GeForce 9800, NVIDIA delivers this product, its clocks and its vRAM that has integrated DDR3 memory. We could say that we are facing one of the most powerful 9 series cards on the market. The performance offered by this card is quite good, superior to AMD’s bet as is the Radeon HD3850. But its potential is increased by overclocking, which closely resembles the performance of the current video card queen of the Medium-High segment such as the GeForce 8800GT.

 

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