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Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI Geforce 9600GT Rev.B Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI Geforce 9600GT Rev.B Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This isn't an old 9600GT GPU making a comeback with 1GB of GDDR3 memory, this new Geforce 9600GT graphics card from Gigabyte uses the 'revision B' nVidia 'G94' GPU; it's built with a smaller manufacturing process, has a physically smaller silicon die, uses less power and consequently runs cooler.
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nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT Revision B GPU & Power Draw

While NVIDIA still refers to this graphics processor, and all Geforce 9600GTs by the same 'G94' code name, there are a number of differences between the GPUs on stock nVidia Geforce 9600GTs and those that power the Green Edition Geforce 9600GT videocards.

The most obvious is that the overall memory of the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI has been increased from 512MB up to 1GB of GDDR3, which means the videocard can handle larger frame buffers and have better performance when anti-aliasing is turned up to 8X and 16X values.

Although standard Geforce 9600GT videocards consume about 95W of power and require a 6-pin PCI Express adapter, the Nvidia G94-300-B1 GPU has received a die-shrink to 55nm and cut its power draw significantly. The Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard is compatible with the PCI Express 2.0 bus interface. Nvidia SLI is supported via a single SLI card edge connector, a maximum of two Geforce 9600 GTs can be linked together in SLI mode.

Now it's time to take a look and see just how much power savings a 55nm die-shrink will mean for the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard...

Total System Power Draw Comparisons

Here's how the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard stacks up in real life. We have no way of directly measuring motherboard power draw, so PCSTATS measures total system power draw and compares that in CPU-loaded (max value recorded in 3DMark) and idle states (at Windows Vista desktop).

An Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W power supply were used for these tests.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportVideocard Power Consumption (Total System Power Draw)
Idle at Desktop Watts Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 177
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 153
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 222
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 165
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 120
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 108
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 196
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 183
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 165
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 140
3D Loaded: Watts Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 421
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 390
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 610
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 330
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 202
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 177
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213

Wow, what a difference a change in manufacturing process makes! Overall power draw drops by 60W under load when compared to the Asus and Palit Geforce 9600GT based test systems. A more efficient GPU has definitely made this card a lot less power-hungry.

PCSTATS will put it through its paces in just a moment, but first let's see just how far we can overclock the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI Geforce 9600GT Rev.B Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Silent Cell 2 Passive Videocard Heatsink
 Pg 3.  — nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT Revision B GPU & Power Draw
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Report and Test System Specs
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 10.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR AA/AF
 Pg 11.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis AA/AF & Conclusions

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