The ATI Radeon 9600 Pro comes with the standard ATI cooling solution that consists of an active cooled heat sink on the core with no heatsinks on the memory modules. The small HSF is the result of the lower temperatures that the newer .13u process the RV350 core puts out. This means less noise and less power consumption! Sounds good to me!
The ATI Radeon 9600 Pro uses 128mb of Samsung memory on this card that is rated at 600 mhz. We found this out by looking up the model number off of Samsung’s website. ATI has the memory clocked at 600MHz from the factory, so in terms of overclocking our results may or may not be limited by the memory! This memory operates at 2.5V and has a maximum data transfer rate of up to 600Mbps per pin.
We still found the spot for an additional power header on the PCB although ATI never actually placed the connector on the board. This could also be due to the lower power consumption by the newer RV350 core or the fact that ATI has plans for some changes in the near future and didn’t want to change the PCB.
The last thing I would like to point out for this section are the switches on the ATI 9600 Pro! These have been found to be dip switches that change NTSC to PAL, which is for TV out.
Now let’s move on to see how this card performs!