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Triplex REDai RADEON 9600 PRO 128MB
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 4th September, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

The Triplex REDai RADEON 9600 PRO 128MB

Not only did the box packaging sport a weird mascot, but even the product itself had an equally bizarre heatsink design. Well to be technically correct, it’s only the heatsink’s decorative plate that is weird. Behind that is actually one of the smallest and simplest GPU/VPU heatsink we’ve come across. In fact it’s so simple that you would be amazed that the RADEON 9600 PRO VPU can get by with such a simple cooler.

The all-silver Triplex REDai RADEON 9600 PRO with its weird but interesting forward heatsink plate. Note, there is another reason for the model name and it is because of the bright red LED lighting behind the cooler’s fan.

This is the actual miniscule heatsink and fan cooling the enthusiast gaming-class RADEON 9600 PRO VPU.

The heatsink may be small, but perhaps the Millennium Silver PCB technology aided in further cooling the card as the card’s operating temperature was pretty normal.

At the rear, there are less components and that allows you to gaze upon the silver PCB better.

The Samsung K4D263238E-GC2A, 2.86ns DDR memory parts were the exact same chips utilized on the Gigabyte RADEON 9600 PRO as well.

We were pleasantly surprised by the presence of memory parts that were speced higher than the card’s official operating speeds. However unlike the Gigabyte card, the Triplex will definitely need these RAM chips validated for higher speed operation. The reason being is that the Triplex REDai RADEON 9600 PRO is already overclocked when you buy it off-the-shelf and is guaranteed to operate at those speeds reliably. While the official specifications call for a GPU clock of 400MHz and memory rated for 600MHz DDR operation (for a standard RADEON 9600 PRO graphics card), the Triplex RADEON 9600 PRO operates at 420MHz and 680MHz DDR respectively. Let us move on to the test segment to analyze how much faster is the Triplex card at stock speeds over its competition.

With the HSF popped out, you can view the RADEON 9600 PRO 0.13-micron VPU.

Here’s close up of the core.

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