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Palit 9600GT Sonic 512MB Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review
Palit 9600GT Sonic 512MB Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
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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Overclocking the quick Asus Videocard

Overclocking Results:
stock overclocked
gpu (core) speed: 700 mhz 765 mhz
memory speed: 2000 mhz 2240 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

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 increments.

The 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 fall.

For mainstream 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.

Prelude to Benchmarks:

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
test system reference system

amd Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz


Foxconn C51EM2 (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard: Palit 9600GT Sonic (Geforce 9600GT 512MB)

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256
Asus EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A


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


Quake 4
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

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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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