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Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review

Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you don't want to bother overclocking yourself, aim for a pre-overclocked videocard like the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC PCSTATS is testing in this review. This baby is a single slot reference videocard which has been pre-overclocked at the factory.
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nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT Core and Overclocking

The nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT (code named 'G94') is a mainstream graphics chip manufactured by TSMC on the 65nm process. Each chip contains 505 million transistors on a rather small die patch - just 240mm2. The core is marked "G94-300-A1".

The default clock speeds are 650MHz GPU, 1800MHz memory and 1625MHz shader. The Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC is pre-overclocked from the factory. Its clock speeds are 700MHz GPU, 2000MHz memory, and 1750MHz shader.

Since the nVidia G94 GPU is based on familiar technologies, we'll just mention that it's DirectX10, Shader Model 4.0 and HDCP compliant. Additionally, the core accomodates OpenGL 2.1, 128-bit HDR, nVidia Quantum Effects physics processing, and Microsoft Windows Vista. It also supports Purevideo HD 2/VP2 to accelerate High Definition content and reduce CPU load.

The Geforce 9600GT videocard consumes about 95W power, and has a 6-pin auxiliary power connector. This is a sight we're not accustomed to with mainstream-class videocards. The Geforce 9600GT videocard is compatible with the PCI Express 2.0 bus interface, and fits in a standard PCI Express x16 videocard slot. Nvidia SLI is supported via a single SLI card edge connector, a maximum of two Geforce 9600GTs can be teamed up.

Nvidia have given the Geforce 9600GT 64 unified shaders, whereas the Geforce 8800GTX has 128, and the 8800GTS 640/320MB 96. Clock for clock this means the Geforce 9600GT is close to, but not as fast as the GeForce 8800GTS. More stream processors allow the videocard to do more work per clock cycle, so clock for clock the 8800GTX only needs to run at half the speed of the Geforce 9600GT to do the same amount of work.

Several companies have released Geforce 9600GT videocards which are pre-overclocked, such as the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC PCSTATS is testing today, but you can just as easily overclock it yourself as the GPU is pretty forgiving.

The reference GeForce 9600GT has 512MB of GDDR3 memory, and to ensure that the G94 stays in its place the card has just a 256-bit wide data bus. The GeForce 8800GTX uses a 384 bit bus and the 8800GTS 320/640MB a 320 bit data bus. Now let's find out how much further we can overclock the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC videocard!

Overclocking the quick Asus Videocard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 700 MHz 755 MHz
Memory Speed: 2000 MHz 2328 MHz DDR2
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 Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC videocard has slightly elevated clock speeds from stock already, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't still be possible to squeeze it even further. For the record, Foxconn's Geforce 9600GT core is clocked at 700 MHz, the cards' memory at 2000 MHz.

Starting with the 9600GT GPU first, PCSTATS will be overclocking with the help of nVidia's nTune software. The 'G94' core should be able to overclock to about 775MHz, so let's see how close we get to that goal.

Starting from 700MHz, the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC was rapidly overclocked to 738MHz, 756MHz, 765MHz, and 774MHz before the benchmark tests began to fail. The GPU speed was dropped back to 765MHz, however artifacts were visible in the 3D tests. Stability ultimately came at 755MHz GPU. It's not quite the 775MHz we were hoping for, but it's close.

We next turned our attention to overclocking the 512MB of GDDR3 memory. Starting at 2000 MHz, the memory is already pretty heavily overclocked. If the trends hold true, we should be able to reach close to 2200MHz (1100MHz) without too much trouble.

Well the GDDR3 played nicely with our overclocking plans, and we jumped from 1000MHz right to 1100MHz, then 1135MHz, and 1149MHz. At 1171MHz artifacts were showing up, so the memory speed was dropped back down to a more stable 1164MHz (2328MHz DDR2). This is the best memory overclock we've had thus far on a Geforce 9600GT!

nVidia's Geforce 9600GT is pretty overclocking friendly, and the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC videocard certainly showed us this today.

Prelude to Benchmarks:

The details of how the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC are run in Windows Vista Ultimate, the reference videocards were tested in both Windows XP 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 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
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards:

Foxconn C51EM2 (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard: Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC (Geforce 9600GT 512MB)

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Foxconn
8600GTS-256
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256
MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC
Asus EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A
Palit 9600GT Sonic*
Biostar V903GT52-NV1AN*

Memory:

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
nVIDIA nForce Forceware 15.08
nVIDIA Forceware 174.12

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit*

Benchmarks:

3DMark06
Quake 4
FEAR
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

Benchmarked results are grouped by GPU manufacturer first (AMD/ATI or nVidia), then by GPU generation, and then by GPU class (high end, mainstream, value). This approach provides a clearer view of how performance can differ from generation to generation, and class to previous generation. The product being tested is marked with the red colour bar.

On with the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC
 Pg 1.  Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT Core and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 4.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 9.  Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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