NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Round-up: PNY, MSI, ASUS

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Test System and 3DMark Vantage

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core 2 Duo Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz)

Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI
(nForce 650i SLI chipset)

PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
Radeon HD 3850 256MB

2048MB Corsair DDR2-800 C4
(2 X 1GB)

Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9
(7,200RPM - SATA)

Relevant Software:

Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)

NVIDIA Forceware v174.74
ATI Catalyst v8.4
NVIDIA nForce v8.43

Benchmarks Used:
3DMark Vantage
Crysis v1.21
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.4
Company of Heroes
Half-Life 2: Episode 2

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

We'll start things off by taking a look at performance in Futuremark's latest 3D rendering benchmark application - 3DMark Vantage. For more information on 3DMark Vantage, check out our launch article.

For the most part, the 3DMark Vantage results are right in line with our expectations. Since the MSI N9600GT OC is overclocked it outperforms reference clocked PNY Verto 9600 GT and ASUS EN9600GT SILENT by a small margin, and all three cards are bested by the 512MB GeForce 8800 GT (with the odd exception of GPU Test 2). Furthermore, all three 9600 GTs post better numbers than the 256MB Radeon HD 3850.

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