Other than that, there’s an overview showing what resolutions the different outputs on the card offers. When opening the box, the following meets the eye.
The card is well protected, and the card and accessories are in different compartments. In the box you find the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card, but also the following:
• A manual
• Driver CD
• DVI to VGA converter
• A component out cable
• An S-video out cable
• A power split cable
In other words, everything you need is included, but that’s all there is. A bundled game or some extra software would have been nice for the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP.
It’s time to have a look at the specifications for the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card. With the 9600GT, Sparkle has chosen to follow Nvidia’s reference designs in both layout and cooler, and also the technical specifications. Nvidia states the following specifications for the 9600GT cards.
• Stream Processors 64
• Core Clock (MHz) 650 MHz
• Shader Clock (MHz) 1625 MHz
• Memory Clock (MHz) 900 MHz
• Memory Amount 512MB
• Memory Interface 256-bit
• Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 57.6
• Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 20.8
So it won’t surprise anyone that the specifications for the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP are as follows:
• Model number : SF-PX96GT512D3-HP
• Graphics Processing : NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT
• Core Clock : 650MHz
• Memory Clock : 1800 MHz
• Memory Type : 512MB GDDR3
• Memory Interface : 256-Bit
• Shader Clock : 1625 MHz
• Bus Type : PCI-Express 2.0
• RAMDAC : 400 MHz
Since the 8XXX series, Nvidia has supported DX10. The Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP also supports DX10, as well as the new PCI-E 2.0 standard. One feature that will make the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP stand out from the 8XXX series is the support for OpenGL 2.1.
If you look at the difference between the new G94 core and the older G92 like the 8800GT is based on, the only real difference between them is the number of transistors. G94 has 505 million transistors, while the G92 has 754 million. A lower number of transistors often mean a cooler and less power consuming card, so it’ll be exciting to see if the 9600GT card can keep up with the G92 based card.