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Zotac GeForce 9600 GT DP review

Zotac GeForce 9600 GT DP - Ports for Every Occasion

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Ports for Every Occasion

Ports for Every Occasion

Offering an irresistible combination of performance and price, it is no wonder that the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT is perhaps one of the more popular GPUs at the moment. Launched slightly more than half a year ago, the GeForce 9600 GT was the first of NVIDIA's GeForce 9 series cards, and is targeted squarely at the lucrative mid-range mainstream market.

Since its launch, we have seen many variants from graphics vendors. To stand out, they often employ one of two commonly used methods, or sometimes even both. One of the methods is factory-overclocking. Zotac's AMP! Edition and Palit's Sonic series of cards are two such examples. Another method vendors use to differentiate themselves from the competition is the addition of customized cooling solutions. Think Zalman coolers, MSI Hybrid Freezers and ASUS Glaciators.

So what about the Zotac GeForce 9600 GT DP? What makes it so special? We are glad you asked. Not only does it sport a fancy Zalman cooler, it also comes factory-overclocked, but beyond this, it also has a host of video outputs. Apart from the usual two DVI and mini-DIN S/Video output, it also has one for HDMI, another for VGA and yet another for the newer DisplayPort interface. In short, the works.

So join us as we take a look to see if this is one of the most complete GeForce 9600 GT cards that money can buy.

Model Zotac GeForce 9600 GT DP 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800> GT 512MB ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB ATI Radeon HD 3850 256MB
Core Code G94 G92 RV670 RV670
Transistor Count 505 million 754 million 666 million 666 million
Manufacturing Process 65nm 65nm 55nm 55nm
Core Clock 675MHz 600MHz 775MHz 670MHz
Stream Processors 64 Stream Processors 112 Stream Processors 64 Processors (320 Stream processing units) 64 Processors (320 Stream processing units)
Stream Processors Clock 1625MHz 1500MHz 775MHz 670MHz
Texture Mapping Units (TMU) or Texture Filtering (TF) units 32 56 16 16
Raster Opertating Units (ROP) 16 16 16 16
Memory Clock 1800MHz GDDR3 1800MHz GDDR3 2250MHz GDDR4 1660MHz GDDR3
DDR Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 57.6GB/s 57.6GB/s 72.0GB/s 53.1GB/s
PCI Express Interface PCI ver 2.0 x16 PCI ver 2.0 x16 PCI ver 2.0 x16 PCI ver 2.0 x16
Molex Power Connectors 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin
Multi GPU Technology SLI SLI CrossFire CrossFire
DVI Output Support 2 x Dual-Link 2 x Dual-Link 2 x Dual-Link 2 x Dual-Link
HDCP Output Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Street Price ~ US$100 ~ US$120 ~ US$130 ~ US$100