So, we have just tested a Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO graphics card based on the ATI RADEON 9600 PRO chip. The product left a good overall impression, although does have certain drawbacks.
First of all, I don’t quite understand why the manufacturer used 3.6ns memory chips. Moreover, it’s already overclocked by the manufacturer as its nominal frequency is 275MHz (550MHz DDR). This doesn’t look like Tyan, a company known for its super-reliable server products. Usually, graphics cards of the RADEON 9600 PRO class are equipped with 2.8-3.3ns memory. The Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO card seems to be targeted at enthusiastic users and overclockers, but doesn’t suit exactly for this type of buyers. All others should be glad to have a reliable monitoring and cooler control systems. Moreover, the version with two DVI-I outputs may be of interest to those people who edit graphics on two LCD displays. By the way, such a card would be a unique product, as it would be the first non-professional RADEON 9600 PRO based card to feature two digital connectors.
As for manufacture quality, it’s very high, as by any product from Tyan. The performance level of the card is quite high, too, although doesn’t reach Tyan Tachyon G9500 PRO, because the latter boasts 8 pipelines against only 4 pipelines by the newcomer. Of course, the higher frequency of 9600 PRO makes up for this to some extent, but still is not enough.
The recommended price of Tachyon G9600 PRO is $195, and the card is already in stores. So, if you want to buy a relatively inexpensive DirectX 9.0-compatible card with a diagnostics system, Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO may suit you. And if you want to have a solution with two DVI-I outputs, you’d better take it from Tyan and no one else. In any other case, you may want to look for a card with faster memory chips.
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