Introduction: Previously we have already reviewed a number of different GeForce 9600 GT based graphics cards, and the one we are taking a look at today, is a BFG GeForce 9600 GT OC card with 512MB GDDR3 RAM, that has been overclocked by the manufacturer.
The GeForce 9600 GT is a PCI Express 2.0 graphicscard, supporting DirectX 10, but it is of course possible to use in PCI Express 1.0 slots, which most people have today.
Specifications: GeForce 9600 GT is based on a 65 nm graphics chip just like the 512MB versions of GeForce 8800GT and GTS. But instead of 754 million transistors, the GeForce 9600 GT only has 505 million, which according to NVIDIA decreases the power consumption of the core to 95W. The card as a unit will use more than that.
NVIDIA’s stock speed on the GeForce 9600 GT is a core frequency of 650MHz, 1625MHz shader clock and 1800MHz on the 512MB GDDR3 RAM.
The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OC however is set at a 675MHz core clock and a shader clock of 1700MHz, with an effective RAM speed of 1800MHz.
As with the previous GeForce 8800 graphics card, the GeForce 9600 GT has full support of H.264 for decoding HD material with NVIDIAs PureVideo, which officially is only for Windows XP. If you’ve got Windows Vista, NVIDIA recommends using Cyberlinks Power DVD Ultra codec’s, which can be bought on NVIDIA’s website along with their own PureVideo codec packs.
Yes, Dual link (Requires other compatible components which are HDCP capable. Designed to meet the output protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, allowing the playback of encrypted movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant displays)
Yes (Requires adapter and audio cable, sold separately).
Dual 4-pin Molex to single 6-pin PCI Express power adapter
HDTV (component) breakout cable
Driver CD, which includes: NVIDIA ForceWare unified graphics drivers and Full installation manual .pdf
Minimum System Requirements
512MB of system memory
Microsoft Windows Vista -or- Windows XP
CD or DVD-ROM drive
100MB of available hard disk drive space for basic driver installation
425W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 28A or more (Minimum system power requirement based on a standard PC configured with an Intel® Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor)
PCI Express-compliant motherboard with one vacant PCI Express x16 slot.
One 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector -or- Two 4-pin Molex supplementary power connectors
Packaging: The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OC graphicscard is packed in a black box, reeking of pure performance. On the box you find card information and specifications.