XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Edition Video Card Review

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Test System

XFX 9600GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition

For both video cards I used my test-bed featuring a Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 and high-speed DDR3. It should be noted that for the 9600GT I used a Rev 1.1 X48T-DQ6 and for the 8800GT I used a Rev 1.3 X48T-DQ6. Neither revision differs greatly but for onboard cooling changes. Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit was utilized with SP1 installed. Company of Heroes was patched to the latest DX10 patch and all other titles used were patched to the latest revisions. In all game tests the graphical settings were set to their maximum values, so for Crysis this meant Very High settings, Devil May Cry 4 was set to High, and Company of Heroes was set to High. The CPU was run at 3.0GHz and the memory was run at 1333MHz with 6-6-6-18-1T timings. In the overclocking segment no additional fan cooling was applied to the card, all results were achieved with stock cooling on an open air testbench.

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Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650

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Motherboard

Gigabyte X48T-DQ6

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Memory

Corsair PC3-14400C7 Dominator 2x1GB

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Video Card

See Above

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Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

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Cooling

QX9650 Box Cooler

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Power Supply

OCZ 700w GameXStream

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Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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