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XFX 9600 GT Alpha Dog Edition Review

ccokeman    -   March 27, 2008
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Specifications:

Chipset
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT

Bus Type                          

PCI-E 2.0

GPU Clock                      

740 MHz
Shader clock
1850 MHz
Memory Bus 
256-bit
Memory Type 
DDR3
Memory Size 
512 MB
Memory Speed       
2.0GHz
Thermal Solution
FANSINK
Minimum Power Supply Requirement                  400 Watt / 6-pin connector
400 Watt / 6-pin connector
Outputs
TV out
HDTV
VGA
0
DVI
2
Dual-Link Support
DUAL
HDMI
No
Max Supported Resolution (DIGITAL)
2560 x 1600
Max Supported Resolution (ANALOG)
2048 x 1536
Turbo Cache Technology
NO
RoHS
Yes
HDCP
Yes
NVIDIA-SLI READY
2 way
Low Profile Compatible
No

 

Features:

  • 128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR): Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effects—now with support for anti-aliasing.
  • Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™: NVIDIA's third-generation GPU architecture built for Windows Vista give users the best possible experience with the 3D graphical user interface in the upcoming operation system (OS) from Microsoft.
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs: Blazing-fast RAMDACs support dual QXGA displays with ultra-high, ergonomic refresh rates--up to 2048x1536@85Hz.
  • Dual DVI Support: Able to drive the industry's largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays.
  • Dual Link DVI: Capable of supporting digital output for high resolution monitors (up to 2560x1600).
  • Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 Support: World’s first DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • High-Definition H.264, MPEG-2 and WMV Hardware Acceleration2: Smoothly playback H.264, MPEG-2, and WMV video—including WMV HD—with minimal CPU usage so the PC is free to do other work.+
  • NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA): Delivers a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with the widest range of games and applications. ForceWare provides the best out-of-box experience and delivers continuous performance and feature updates over the life of NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs.
  • NVIDIA® Lumenex™ Engine: Delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates.
  • NVIDIA® nView® Multi-Display Technology: Advanced technology provides the ultimate in viewing flexibility and control for multiple monitors.
  • NVIDIA® Quantum Effects™ Technology: Advanced shader processors architected for physics computation enable a new level of physics effects to be simulated and rendered on the GPU—all while freeing the CPU to run the game engine and AI.
  • NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology: Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unparalleled gaming experiences by allowing two graphics cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express graphics, SLI dramatically scales performance on over 60 top PC games.
  • NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology: Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single graphics card configuration for unequaled gaming experiences by allowing two cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express® graphics, SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today’s hottest games.
  • NVIDIA® unified architecture with GigaThread™ technology: Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader programs.
  • OpenGL™ 2.1 Optimizations and Support: Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.

 

All information sourced from XFX @ http://www.xfxforce.com/web/product/listFeatures.jspa?series=GeForce%3F+9600&seriesId=2037685




  1. Introduction & Closer look
  2. Closer Look ( The Video Card)
  3. Configuration ( Drivers & Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup, Overclocking & Benchmarks)
  6. Testing: Crysis
  7. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  10. Testing World In Conflict
  11. Testing: Call of Juarez
  12. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Conclusion
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