The test: Next up is the performance in 3dmark06. The test was done at 3 different settings, like mentioned before.
Now we’ll look at the performance in Call of Juarez, which is a benchmark that’s only possible on DX10 systems. Besides that the benchmark uses shadermodel 4.
The last test to perform is Knights of the Sea, and in this game there’s a lot of open spaces and water. The cards ability to handle soft particles, reflections, HDR and light will be tested.
The little Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP is keeping up pretty good. The core has without a doubt been optimized, compared to the G92, because the 250 million less transistors hasn’t done much to the performance.
Even though the cooler on the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card is very much a like the one on Nvidia’s 8800GT series, it’s not the same, because the cooler on Sparkle’s SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card is a bit more noisy.
Conclusion: Nvidia’s 9600GT card has been released as a substitute for the older 8600 series, and judging from this test, the 9600GT is a worthy candidate. Where the 8600GTS in 3dmark only scored about 55% of what an 8800GTS OC (G92) did, the new 9600GT scores around 80% instead.
The only negative things to report is the small bundle and the cooler not being as low-noise as expected.
At the moment, the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card is priced at around 1100, - DKR, which is a very fair price for a graphics card in this class. A 8800GTS is priced at about 2000 , - DKR, but for that money you could get 2 Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP cards instead, so there’s no doubt that the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP performs very good considering the price.
• Price • Good performance • Bang for the bucks • Only takes up one slot
• A bit more noisy than the 8800GT series • Small bundle