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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Palit 9600GT Sonic||
Overclocking the quick Asus Videocard
Palit's 9600GT Sonic videocard is pre-overclocked for
fun and faster FPS'ing. The
Geforce 'G94' 9600GT core is clocked at 700 MHz and its 512MB of GDDR3 memory at 2000 MHz. That's up from
the stock configuration for a Geforce 9600GT graphics card of 650 MHz and 1800 MHz
(core and memory respectively), but that doesn't mean the Palit 9600GT Sonic is going
to be spared from further overclocking tests though...
Starting with the GeForce 9600GT GPU first, PCSTATS increased the clock
speed in 25 MHz increments.
The Palit 9600GT easily overclocked with nVidia's nTune software, and in a matter of minutes the GPU was humming at 775MHz.
There were some artifacts at that speed, so the core clock was dropped down a
notch to 765MHz. This got rid of the artifacts. Anything higher and nTune would
complain that the videocard failed its internal test.
Next we set about overclocking
the 512MB of GDDR3 memory. Beginning at 2000 MHz the memory was increased in 40 MHz
memory cooperated well, so we overclocked in leaps and
bounds to a reliably stable speed of 2240 MHz. Anything higher caused the benchmarks to crash
back to desktop, flames to shoot out the back of the card and the sky to
GPU like nVidia's Geforce 9600GT, the Palit 9600GT Sonic videocard overclocks well - especially if
we consider the reference speeds for a Geforce 9600GT.
While the 9600GT Sonic is already overclocked high enough from default speeds
that you get a nice boost, you can set about on your own overclocking trials
and squeeze a little more performance out of it.
The details of how the Palit 9600GT Sonic test system was
configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating
system and benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the
Palit 9600GT Sonic were run in Windows Vista Ultimate, the reference videocards
were tested in both WindowsXP and Vista for the DX10
benchmarks. PCSTATS is in the process of making the transition to a Windows Vista only test platform, so keep this in mind as you scan
the benchmark results. In the second column are the general specs for the reference
platforms this nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT 512MB based videocard is to be compared
against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations
before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.
|PCSTATS Test System Configurations|
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