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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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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 25 2009   Max Page  
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Silent Cell 2 Passive Videocard Heatsink

Gigabyte's latest silent cooling solution is called "Silent Cell", it introduces some new features in order to keep the new 55nm NVIDIA G94 GPU cool without requiring any active cooling. To be clear, the heatsink does require airflow moving over its surface for the best results. Generally speaking, internal case air flow is sufficient... if you use watercooling be sure to have at least one 120mm case fan blowing in the direction of the Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI videocard or the passive heatsink will get mighty hot, mighty quick.

The aluminum cooling fins on the GV-N96TSL-1GI's Silent Cell heatsink are kept as thin as possible to maximize convective airflow within the widely spaced fins, and help keep the total videocard weight down.

The interesting thing about this thermal solution is the vent at the back of the videocard. While it will end up being one heck of a dust filter (hint - clean it regularly!), the vent allows hot air to easily escape the PC case. As it passes over the thin aluminum fins of the videocard heatsink, that airflow removes some of this latent heat energy too.

It's akin to like putting a hot apple pie on a windowsill to cool. Air is naturally drawn out through the open window, and as it moves past the hot desert it quietly moves cools it.

Altogether Gigabyte claims that these improvements to the passive Silent Cell heatsink should make it 18C cooler than the reference heatsink nVidia equips stock 9600GT videocards with.

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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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