NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Launch and 3-Way Shootout

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We were lucky enough to work with three of NVIDIA’s top partners to get GeForce 9600 GT cards tested and ready for your perusal before the launch date. These partners were Asus, eVGA, and Palit. All three of their cards are unique in their own separate way, and all varied in terms of clock speeds and feature-sets. The differences are best explained in our simple charts, seen below.


Asus EN9600GT GeForce 9600 GT


  • NVIDIA G94 Graphics Processing Unit
  • 650 MHz GPU Clock Speed
  • 64 Stream Processors
  • 1625 MHz Shader Clock Speed
  • 512 MB GDDR-3 Memory
  • 256-bit Memory Interface
  • 1,800 MHz Memory Clock Speed
  • 57.6 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10) Support
  • PCI Express 2.0 Interface
  • 6-pin PCI Express Power Connector
  • Supports 2-Way SLI Configurations
  • Single-Slot Cooling System (Reference)
  • HDCP Ready
  • 2-Phase Power Design
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x HDTV/S-Video Outputs, 1 x DVI to HDMI Adapter

eVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC


  • NVIDIA G94 Graphics Processing Unit
  • 740 MHz GPU Clock Speed
  • 64 Stream Processors
  • 1835 MHz Shader Clock Speed
  • 512 MB GDDR-3 Memory
  • 256-bit Memory Interface
  • 1,950 MHz Memory Clock Speed
  • 62.4 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10) Support
  • PCI Express 2.0 Interface
  • 6-pin PCI Express Power Connector
  • Supports 2-Way SLI Configurations
  • Single-Slot Cooling System (Reference)
  • HDCP Ready
  • 2-Phase Power Design
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x HDTV/S-Video Outputs

Palit GeForce 9600 GT Sonic


  • NVIDIA G94 Graphics Processing Unit
  • 700 MHz GPU Clock Speed
  • 64 Stream Processors
  • 1750 MHz Shader Clock Speed
  • 512 MB GDDR-3 Memory
  • 256-bit Memory Interface
  • 2,000 MHz Memory Clock Speed
  • 64.0 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
  • Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10) Support
  • PCI Express 2.0 Interface
  • 6-pin PCI Express Power Connector
  • Supports 2-Way SLI Configurations
  • Dual-Slot Cooling System (Custom)
  • HDCP Ready
  • 3-Phase Power Design
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI, 1 x HDMI (w/ Optical S/PDIF Audio Input Port), 1 x DisplayPort Outputs

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