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Difference between 2 MSI 9600GT cards

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January 31, 2009 3:22:03 PM

Hey everyone,

I have a question about 2 MSI 9600GT OC cards I saw on Newegg. I am planning on buying one soon, and I would appreciate if anyone can help me here.

1st card:
MSI N9600GT 512M OC GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

2nd card:
MSI N9600GT-T2D512-OC GeForce 9600 GT 512MB


The only difference I can see is that the 1st one had OpenGL 2.0 while the 2nd one has OpenGL 2.1.
I have checked on MSI's site and the 2nd card shows as V2 while the 1st one shows as V1. (same model)
Other than that, that's it.

I am assuming the second card is the 2nd revision. It is also a bit cheaper.

Can anyone tell me if there are any other differences? Maybe someone has one of the cards and can provide feedback? Any difference in the cooling system?

Thanks a lot for the help,
January 31, 2009 3:37:22 PM

Well msi isnt a good company to begin with, so i wouldnt get the V1 just to save 10 dollars. If they made a 2nd revision without writing why, id assume its not good.
January 31, 2009 4:09:33 PM

Benchmarks charts have showed that the performance of this particular card was amazing for its price. I have read many reviews and those card seem to last and be quite. I do not know about the rest of MSI's cards.

The V2 is cheaper than the V1 btw. As I said, the only difference is OpenGL 2.0 vs 2.1

What else can they write for a change log?

The V1's reviews on newegg are phenomenal. It does not seem to be a bad product at all.
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February 1, 2009 2:17:42 AM

i mean msi isnt a good company like service wise, not product wise.

9600GT isnt a terrible card, but wont be good in a few months, atm it is about the only budget nvidia card you can get the 9800GT has twice as many shaders and isnt much more i believe.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
like 20 dollars more and a free world at war? sounds like a go to me, sell the game get 50 dollars back and its cheaper than the 9600GT
February 1, 2009 5:46:42 AM

All 9600gt has openGL 2.1
February 1, 2009 12:01:07 PM

@ shiftstealth

Price wise, the 9800Gt is way more efficient. For 20$ more, it is worth. I am not going to start buying the parts until the spring, so I think I am just going to sit and wait for deals.

Do you really think the 9600GT won't be good in a few months? Is it that bad?
@romulus47plus1

The specs sheet says something else.
February 2, 2009 1:08:56 AM

I have considered your opinion and looked for the 9800GT. I stumbled upon the 4830; for its performance compared with the 9800GT, the 4830 is a killer for 75$ on Newegg.

9800GT is way more expensive, and they both fit in the same hierarchy category.

What do you think?
February 2, 2009 1:20:08 AM

4830 often performs better than a 9800gt, and better than the 9600gt too in high resolutions, and for that price, I'd highly recommend the 4830.
February 2, 2009 9:46:30 AM

That's what I thought. I could also provide better cooling for the card by putting an extra fan blowing cold air into its fan. I assume the fan on the sapphire model sucks cold air in.

This will give me a better overclocking headroom.
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