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Palit 9600GT Sonic 512MB Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review

Palit 9600GT Sonic 512MB Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Palit's tweaking makes the 9600GT Sonic roughly at par with nVidia's Geforce 8800GTS (650 MHz core / 970 MHz mem). The Geforce 9600GT features 64 stream processors, supports SLI and is PCI Express 2.0 and HDCP compliant.
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PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know how the various videocards tested perform relative to each other. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked core and memory clock speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability. Results are grouped by GPU class, and ranked by highest memory overclock to lowest.

PCSTATS Benchmark Report Maximum Videocard Overclocking Results

Videocards

Stock Memory Stock Core Overclocked Memory
(MHz)
Overclocked Core
(MHz)
Ranking
(memory overclock)

High End Videocards

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT 2000 743 2246 825
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD 1800 560 2132 665
Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M 1600 500 2060 675
Asus EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A 2000 700 2020 717
MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC 1900 660 2020 702
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC 1700 575 2020 662
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC 1800 575 2000 650
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 1600 650 1772 702
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 1550 650 1600 682
MSI NX7900GS-T2D512E-OC 1400 550 1612 675
MSI NX7900GT-VT2D256E-HD 1400 500 1527 575
Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A 1440 520 1510 561
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E 1700 550 1819 618
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 1200 500 1480 640
Asus EAX1950Pro/HTDP/256M/A 1400 560 1485 606
Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B 1200 430 1378 507
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E 1200 430 1371 504
Albatron GeForce 7800GTX 1200 430 1347 479
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A 1000 400 1248 463
Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M 1240 420 1240 566
MSI RX850XT-TD256E 1080 520 1215 852
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E 1000 350 1160 416
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E 1000 500 1052 526

Mainstream Videocards

Foxconn 8600GTS-256 2016 675 2242 763
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC 2000 700 2240 774
Palit 9600GT Sonic 512 2000 700 2240 765
Albatron 8600GT-256 1400 540 1760 712
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS* 1400 400 1752 680
MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo 1600 600 1754 712
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC 1600 580 1730 708
Gigabyte NX76T256D-RH Silent 1400 560 1612 628
Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A 1400 560 1596 635
MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E 1400 540 1568 626
Asus EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M/A 1396 587 1530 691
PowerColor X1600XT Bravo 1396 587 1396 631
Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 1040 520 1149 566
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 1000 500 1130 563
ATi Radeon X800 XL 984 398 1113 441
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 990 500 1080 521
Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D 1000 500 1070 583
MSI RX800XL-VT2D256E 984 398 1068 421
PowerColor X700 Pro 864 425 1040 483
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A 900 400 1030 623
Gigabyte GV-RX800L256V 984 398 1026 421
Gigabyte GV-RX70P256V 864 420 904 491
Gigabyte GV-NX66T256DE 824 515 875 617
MSI NX6800 TD-128E 600 325 827 454

Entry Level Videocards

MSI NX8500GT-TD256E 800 450 1040 676
PowerColor X800GTO 702 398 756 438
Albatron GeForce 6600 512 500 300 550 490
PowerColor X700 532 398 532 461
Albatron PC6600LEQ 400 300 507 437

Ranked according to maximum overclocking memory result. Coming up with a criteria to rank the videocards was very difficult but we ended up ranking maximum memory speed. Memory bandwidth plays a key role in the overall performance of the videocard and realistically a GPU/VPU can never get enough no matter how it is designed. * The Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS has core and memory voltage options.

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:Overclocking the CPU and Memory, Overclocking the Videocard

The Palit 9600GT Sonic ships from the factory pre-overclocked, but PCSTATS was still able to squeeze an extra bit of performance by overclocking the GDDR3 memory to 2240MHz and nVidia G94 processor to 765MHz. Not bad for a mainstream videocard!

Replacing the GeForce 8600GT: Better value, better features

Palit has put together a GeForce 9600GT offering that stands out in this crowded market. It did this by overclocking the GPU up 50MHz and the memory up 200MHz from stock. A bundled copy of the game Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a nice touch, but hardly a deciding factor.

With a retail price of $219 CDN ($219 USD, £114 GBP), the Palit 9600GT Sonic is priced at a small premium.

By all accounts the Geforce 9600GT is set to be the new darling mainstream videocard this year. Like the Geforce 8600GT it replaces, the Geforce 9600GT is affordable and quick within its mid-level class.

Gaming speeds and DirectX10 support are nice for Windows Vista users, but we want more than just a videocard these days. HDCP compliance is a necessity, SM4.0 and High Definition video output options almost considered standard. To that end we're pleased the Palit 9600GT Sonic includes an HDMI jack (with audio!), the emerging DisplayPort standard and twin DVI jacks. DisplayPort is the one ahead of the curve option, this open VESA initiative seeks to displace the hodge-podge of Standard and High Definition cables television displays currently rely upon. Dual DVI jacks ensure multi-monitor support and an SLI connector allows two Geforce 9600GT videocards to be teamed for all the benefits that entails.

Palit includes an overclocking tool called VDOTool with the 9600GT Sonic, but for the purposes of PCSTATS overclocking tests we relied on nVidia nTune.

I can think of many instances where pre-overclocked videocards have really fizzled in the overclocking department, the Palit 9600GT did well. In our tests the 9600GT Sonic overclocked an additional 115MHz to 765MHz core, and an extra 440MHz to 2240MHz memory.

Strenuous 3D benchmarking kicked the PWM enabled cooling fan into high gear, so the Palit 9600GT Sonic can certainly make itself known.

The thermal solution on the Palit 9600GT Sonic is tucked away beneath an odd ventilated orange plastic casing. The dual slot cooling solution would be a waste of space were it not for the expansive media outputs. New to mainstream videocards of its class is a 6-pin auxiliary power connector. The Geforce 9600GT is rumored to draw 95W, far less than flagship graphics cards, but clearly more than its predecessors.

Palit Microsystems are still relatively new to us, so we'll have to hold back our judgement on the company till we've tested a few more of its products. From a cursory level, the Palit 9600GT Sonic seems well engineered - the PCB employs a novel 3-phase power supply, the cooling system is satisfactory and the I/O end of the card is extremely versatile. The bright orange plastic cage around the videocard cheapens things, but honestly, it's irrelevant when the pixels hit the screen.

The flurry of Geforce 9600GT videocards entering the market only testify to the appeal of this GPU. Within the mainstream class, the Palit 9600GT videocard offers great game performance and exception High Definition output options - HDMI, DisplayPort. If you have a modest budget but demand HDMI, you might want to consider the Palit 9600GT Sonic for your next computer upgrade.

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Contents of Article: Palit 9600GT Sonic
 Pg 1.  Palit 9600GT Sonic 512MB Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVIDIA G94 GeForce 9600GT Core
 Pg 3.  Display Port, HDMI and Optical SPDIF Outputs
 Pg 4.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the quick Asus Videocard
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 10.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 11.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR, HD Content Playback
 Pg 12.  — PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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