For the better part of two years the NVIDIA 8800 GTX/ Ultra and its derivatives have been dominating the top of the performance charts. While ATI/AMD have made attempts to compete on value NVIDIA has answered back with a die shrunk “stripped” down version for the rest of us mere mortals who don’t want to shell out 5 bills for a great performing card. Then came along the 9000 Series, which by many accounts was simply a rehash of the…err, rehash. In all actuality the PNY 9600 GT that we’re featuring here today holds slight differences between the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS in order to make it more of a mainstream value card.
The PNY 9600 GT we’ve got here today is built to the reference specification set forth by NVIDIA. It has a standard G94 GPU with 505 million transistors, with a clock speed of 650MHz, Stream processor clock of 1625MHz, and 512MB of GDDR3 memory clocked up 1800MHz. It’s fully SLI capable with another 9600 GT ( sorry fellas, no three-way action) and is PCIe version 2.0. We do see that an external 6-pin PCIe power adapter is required for the card to run, so it will be consume over 75w under full graphics load. To give you an idea how much you don’t need to break the bank with a huge power supply, with an E8400 and P35 motherboard I was able to power this card with a 380w Antec Earth Watts without issue.
On the business end of our card we see the standard hookup for an HDTV sandwiched between a pair of Dual-Link DVI adapters. That means you can have a pair of monitors hooked up to this one card, each with a maximum resolution of 2560×1600.
On the back side of our card we find just what we find on other cards these days, not much to write home about. If you decide to go with aftermarket cooling you’ll be seeing this side but for the most part as long as none of those little guys there are missing you’re in good shape. Let’s take a look at the bundle.