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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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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 25 2009   Max Page  
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Overclocking Report and Test System Specs

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 650 811 MHz
Memory Speed: 1800 MHz 2100 MHz DDR
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

Since the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard is built on a 55nm process I expect it will handle overclocking more elegantly than the older 65nm G94 GPU. As usual, overclocking was done through nVidia's nTune utility which unlocks GPU and memory clock speed. PCSTATS started with the GPU first, pausing to test the results with a quick 3D benchmark before continuing.

The Geforce 9600GT core is clocked by default at 650MHz. Starting with the GPU first, the speed was quickly overclocked to 700MHz, then 733MHz and 777MHz. Finally we went for the gusto with an 850MHz core clock! Although the GV-N96TSL-1GI did manage to pass through some initial stability testing, artifacts quickly came to light. In the end we settled for a GPU overclock of 811 MHz.

We then turned our attention to the 1GB of GDDR3 memory clocked by default at 900MHz (dual-pumped to yield a Double Data Rate operating speed of 1800MHz). The Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI was overclocked aggressively with nTune to a speed of 2100MHz, which remained stable through our overclocking tests.

Ultimately, PCSTATS was easily able to overclock the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard to a core clock speed of 811MHz, and push the memory to 2100MHz! That's a great result for a passive videocard!

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the videocard were run in Windows Vista Ultimate, the reference video cards 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 and Intel CPU test platform, so keep this in mind as you scan the benchmark results. In the second column are the general specs for the reference cards this 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: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (775) AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)
Clock Speed:

15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz

14 x 200MHz = 2.8MHz
Motherboards:

MSI X48 Platinum (Intel X48 Express)

Foxconn C51XEM2 (NF 590 SLI)
Videocard: Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI
Palit Radeon HD 4870X2
ASUS Radeon EAH4850/HTDI/512MA
MSI Radeon R3870X2-T2D1G-OC
ASUS Radeon EAH3870X2 1G
Diamond HD 3650 Pe 512
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC

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 DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: ASUS BC-1205PT-BD Blu-Ray Drive
Monitor (1080p): ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel INF 9.0.0.1008
Catalyst 9.2
Forceware 182.08

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

Benchmarks:

3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
FEAR
Crysis
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

Benchmark results are organized 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.

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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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