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NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card

Those who could not afford the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB or the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT have been waiting for a more affordable model in the form of the GeForce 9600 GT.

The first graphics card in the NVIDIA GeForce 9 series, the GeForce 9600 GT promises to offer performance close to that of the GeForce 8800 GT at a more affordable price point.

To do that, NVIDIA came up with a smaller GPU, the G94. With 33% fewer transistors and half the stream processors of the G92 GPU used in the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB and the GeForce 8800 GT, the new G94 GPU is smaller and cheaper to fabricate. This translates into a lower cost per card.

Like the G92, the G94 GPU is based on the NVIDIA G80 GPU which not only powered the older GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB and 320MB cards, but also the GeForce 8800 GTX. As such, the G94 features the same massively-parallel unified architecture, as well as support for DirectX 10. The G94, however, has been further improved by adding the VP2 video processor and support for PCI Express 2.0. It was also fabricated using a 65 nm process technology, resulting in a smaller, cooler chip.

If you have not already read about the technology behind the G80 GPU, do take a look at our NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS Tech Report. It will give you a good grounding on the new NVIDIA unified architecture and the G80 GPU, which is the basis of the new G92 GPU.

For more details on the actual architecture of the G92 GPU, do take a look at our NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Tech Report. The G94 GPU only differs in the number of stream processors (64 vs. 128) and the resulting number of transistors.

To find out just how fast the new NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT is, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Comprehensive Review

Core / Card Code Name

• G94 (D9P)

Manufacturing Process

• 0.065 Micron (65 Nanometers)

Transistor Count

• 505 Million

DirectX Support

• 10


• PCI Express 2.0

Stream Processors

• 64

Vertex Shader Version

• 4.0

Pixel Shader Version

• 4.0

Textures Per Clock

• Average 32


• 16

Core Clock Speed

• 650 MHz

Shader Clock Speed

• 1625 MHz

Fill Rate

• 20800 MTexels/s

Memory Bus Width

• 256-bits

Memory Size

• 512 MB

Memory Type


Memory Speed

• 900 MHz (1.8 GHz DDR)

Memory Bandwidth

• 57.6 GB/s


• 400 MHz

Display Support

• Two dual-linked HDCP-enabled DVI-I outputs
• 7-pin TV-out
• HDMI or DisplayPort (optional)


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This review system is designed to allow you to quickly receive information on the latest hardware or software. This new system also allows you to quickly get the gist of the review without reading through it. This can be very useful, especially in situations where you need to make a quick purchase decision.

In this new system, we start with a Product Overview whenever a company sends us a press release about their latest product. We shift through extraneous PR-talk to create a straightforward summary of the product's features as well as specifications. This allows you to quickly find out all the pertinent details about the product, without reading through official press releases.

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But no matter whether you are reading a Pictorial Review or a Comprehensive Review, you can always read the summary of the review as well as examine the product's specifications right on the first page. In all our new reviews, we will maintain the first page as a Product Overview page. If the product is listed in PriceGrabber, you can also check out the lowest price online.

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