Foxconn 9600GT 512 MB Reviewccokeman - March 10, 2008
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The performance generated by the Foxconn 9600GT when overclocked is a substantial increase over the stock numbers. In the benchmark testing, the Foxconn 9600GT beat the HD 3870 in exactly half of the benchmark suite. In the 14 tests it did not win, the margins were at times substantial, (Call of Duty 4 1680x1050 and 1920x1200). The overclocking headroom provided by Nvidia and its partners is phenomenal. No volt mods, no extreme cooling, just increase the clock speeds and go game to your heart's content. It really could not be easier. What this card offers is affordable performance. With the latest price drops by Nvidia, the Foxconn 9600GT (Standard OC) model can be had for $165, $25 less than just after introduction. If you game at resolutions less than 1680x1050, then this card should suffice at the settings we use for our benchmarks. Albeit some settings can be reduced for better performance.
As the replacement for the 8600 series of video cards, the performance expectations are not really that high, but the 9600 series definitely performs a cut above the cards it replaces. 77% better performance in 3Dmark06 on a card-to-card comparison makes the leap to the 9600 a no brainer. If you don't want (I can't imagine that) or cannot afford the latest and greatest video cards out on the market, the 9600 from Foxconn would be a great choice as a card that can keep up in today's games. When you need that extra bit of performance, the overclocking headroom is available to get it, either through the included Foxware utility or any of the other utilities available for use. I really could find no faults with the Foxconn 9600. It was cool running, performed well against its direct competition and did everything it's supposed to do. If the mid range is where you play, the Foxconn 9600 GT has you covered.
- Overclocking Potential
- Stock Performance
- Cool Running
- Overclocked Performance
- Quiet Cooling Solution
- Use of Japanese Solid Capacitors
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