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Foxconn 9600GT 512 MB Review

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The Foxconn 9600 GT 512MB Standard OC is a PCI-E 2.0 compliant video card for use in a 16x PCI-E slot. The 9600GT features a GPU clock speed of 655MHz with a memory clock speed of 1820MHz (910). Shader clocks come in at 1625MHz. The cooling for this card appears to be the reference design single slot cooling solution.














There are two DVI ports as well as an S-Video port for connectivity options. Power for the 9600GT is provided through the tail end of the card via a 6-pin PCI-E connector. The 9600GT is SLI capable with another matching card. The bridge connector is in the standard location on top of the PCB.



The cooling solution used on the Foxconn 9600GT is a reference design. It is a hybrid copper/aluminum device that uses heatpipes to carry the heat generated by the GPU to the aluminum fins for dispersal. The fan uses 15 blades to push air through the heatsink assembly.



To get the heatsink assembly off to view the components underneath, twelve spring loaded screws have to be removed. Once the screws are removed, a simple twist and lift frees the heatsink assembly. The G94 core is significantly smaller than the G80 cores of just last year. The thermal paste is still the thick grey mass. It is easy to remove if one is inclined to do so. Each of the memory chips and all of the heat generating components have thermal tape as the interface material.



The 9600GT uses all Japanese made solid capacitors for a longer, useful life. Samsung supplied the memory chips and are rated for 2000MHz (1000). The G94 core is smaller and is identified as G94-300-A1.



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