Four GeForce 9600 GT Cards Compared

3D Power Sorted By Resolution And Anti-aliasing Settings

Here you’ll find the results of the frame rates and relative percentages, sorted by resolution and anti-aliasing settings. This makes it easier to compare the graphics cards when looking for a specific screen size or resolution.

Remember that the image quality of LCD screens appears best when run at their native resolution (for example 22 inches at 1680x1050 pixels).

Test resolutions and possible LCD screen sizes

1280x1024 0AA fps Percent
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 642.6 137.8
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 633.9 136.0
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 625.8 134.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 600.3 128.8
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 596.8 128.0
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 595.1 127.6
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 590.3 126.6
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 565.6 121.3
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 564.2 121.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 564.2 121.0
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 546.9 117.3
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 539.5 115.7
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 535.2 114.8
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 527.4 113.1
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 512.4 109.9
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 512.2 109.9
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 500.2 107.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 486.4 104.3
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 475.3 102.0
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 466.2 100.0

The reference 9600 GT was tested with the ForceWare 175.16 and GeForce 177.92 drivers, the HD 4870 with the Catalyst 8.6 and 8.8 drivers. The new graphics drivers contribute 2% to the results.

1280x1024 with AA fps Percent
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 645.1 194.5
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 612.6 184.7
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 601.0 181.2
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 596.5 179.8
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 595.1 179.4
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 541.7 163.3
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 537.9 162.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 536.0 161.6
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 515.9 155.5
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 513.2 154.7
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 505.7 152.5
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 503.5 151.8
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 492.7 148.5
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 477.5 144.0
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 476.6 143.7
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 463.1 139.6
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 447.4 134.9
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 409.6 123.5
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 394.9 119.1
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 331.7 100.0

Without anti-aliasing activated, the performance gain of the new driver versions is still roughly 2%.

1680x1050 0AA fps Percent
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 596.5 148.7
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 595.8 148.5
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 587.8 146.5
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 555.0 138.3
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 536.8 133.8
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 536.5 133.7
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 534.8 133.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 523.3 130.4
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 507.3 126.4
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 488.4 121.7
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 477.8 119.1
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 469.1 116.9
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 464.9 115.9
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 458.3 114.2
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 447.5 111.5
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 444.2 110.7
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 434.0 108.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 426.0 106.2
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 410.2 102.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 401.2 100.0

At 1680x1050 pixels, you can’t see a significant difference in the performance of the HD 4870 between the Catalyst graphics drivers 8.6 and 8.8. Nvidia’s 9600 GT gains slightly more than 2% in performance from the driver update.

1680x1050 with AA fps Percent
Geforce GTX 260 (896 MB) 565.8 219.3
Geforce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 558.3 216.4
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 532.9 206.6
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 515.9 200.0
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 512.7 198.7
Geforce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 466.3 180.7
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 458.4 177.7
Geforce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 445.5 172.7
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 441.7 171.2
Sparkle Geforce 9600 GT (512 MB) 424.8 164.7
Palit Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 423.7 164.2
Geforce 8800 GT (512 MB) 414.3 160.6
MSI Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 408.9 158.5
Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 390.0 151.2
Asus Geforce 9600 GT (512 MB) 384.1 148.9
Geforce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 376.6 146.0
Geforce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 362.9 140.7
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 316.8 122.8
Geforce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 310.1 120.2
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 258.0 100.0

With anti-aliasing enabled, AMD performance increases by 1% when running the HD 4870 with Catalyst 8.8 instead of 8.6. The Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT speeds up by a solid 5% when the current beta driver version is installed.

1920x1200 0AA fps Percent
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 556.8 166.7
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 550.4 164.8
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 545.1 163.2
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 524.5 157.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 523.1 156.6
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 485.4 145.3
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 476.7 142.7
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 469.9 140.7
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 461.5 138.2
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 439.6 131.6
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 426.5 127.7
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 415.2 124.3
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 404.8 121.2
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 402.2 120.4
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 387.4 116.0
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 386.9 115.8
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 374.5 112.1
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 364.5 109.1
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 340.8 102.0
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 334.0 100.0

Again, the Catalyst 8.8 delivers a 2% performance boost when running the HD 4870 at 1920x1200 pixels. The Geforce 9600 GT shows a performance increase of 3.7% with the driver update.

1920x1200 with AA fps Percent
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 495.2 250.0
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 487.9 246.3
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 477.4 241.0
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.6 467.8 236.1
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 8.8 465.5 235.0
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 393.7 198.7
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 384.0 193.8
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 378.1 190.9
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 365.1 184.3
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 339.1 171.2
Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 339.0 171.1
Palit GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 337.8 170.5
MSI GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 325.6 164.4
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 177.92 313.4 158.2
Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) 306.7 154.8
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 175.16 303.4 153.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 282.4 142.6
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 268.4 135.5
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 200.7 101.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 198.1 100.0

With anti-aliasing, the frame rate of the HD 4870 increases by 1% when using the Catalyst 8.8 instead of 8.6. The GeForce 9600 GT gains exactly 5% more power from the current beta graphics driver.

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  • JAYDEEJOHN
    So it beats the GTX eh? And you can find brand new nVidia drivers, but no ATI ones? And wheres the 4670? Got halfway thru, decided to skip the rest
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  • jaragon13
    What about the HD 4850? It costs less than the "last 8800 GTS 512's"
    Asus sells them for what? 170 dollars,free shipping on Newegg?
    Maybe I even saw one @ 160...
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  • Sus-penders
    Why would anyone get an 8800GTS for $179 when you can buy a better performing HD 4850, for LESS money??? ATI still exists, you know...
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  • Ryun
    No offense, as the article and tests run were good (I especially like the overall FPS charts), but this information would have been more pertinent, like, 6 months ago.
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  • Niva
    Uh, I don't get what the people about are upset for. It's a good article, I enjoyed reading and seeing where these cards fit into the scheme of things. I know ATI has made a comeback with their recent cards but until their drivers are completely open and stable I'll stick with nVidia myself so I especially enjoyed this article. Thanks Toms!
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  • L1qu1d
    Waste of 3 mins, it makes very little sense, the 9600 GTs in sli are around the 280 GTX in performance, yet it manages to get destroyed by the 4870.

    This article would've meant something around the time the cards came out...now I'd much rather like to see the 4850 cards compared or 260s or w.e else that is this gen.
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  • MooseMuffin
    NivaUh, I don't get what the people about are upset for. It's a good article, I enjoyed reading and seeing where these cards fit into the scheme of things. I know ATI has made a comeback with their recent cards but until their drivers are completely open and stable I'll stick with nVidia myself so I especially enjoyed this article. Thanks Toms!


    Exactly what is open about nvidia's drivers?
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  • wh3resmycar
    nobody reads the introduction anymore?
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  • warezme
    warms my heart to see the old 8800GTX included in this test list.

    It's amazing this ancient cards at default speed still sit in the middle of the pack and quickly rise to the top when you turn up AA and texture quality up, beating most every other card cept for 260GTX and SLI and CF rigs.

    It also explains why a pair of old 8800GTX's in SLI OC'ed to at least Ultra speeds on a fast rig are still very hard to out perform by any single card (period)
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  • Anonymous
    There is a reason to get the 9600GT over the 8800GT, power consumption. Look at the numbers, the 9600GT has 1/2 the number of shaders (hence a smaller die). I know the shader clock runs a little faster but a good quality stock PSU with 300W (real, like antec, corsair, etc) should be fine for running it.
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  • bf2gameplaya
    The 8800GTS/512 is still a top performer...not bad for a "two" generations old card, if you believe the marketing.

    I am a loyal Nvidia customer and I wont touch the GTX280. I am patiently waiting for the GeForce 11 series.
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  • sgmeridian
    Why doesn't Tom's use the 9800GTX+ in these benchmarks? All we ever see are scores for the slower, now defunct 9800GTX.
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  • GlItCh017
    9600 GT...I got nothing.
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  • computerninja7823
    hey pepelan what kind MANURFACTURING problems are their!??!! I have a old geforce 2 gts and it has worked every day...day in and day out for ever. And I also have a geforce 4200ti same thing. last time i checked nvidia did'nt make hardware. so dont say nvidia makes bad "HARDWARE" cause they dont. i have 2 8800gt's and theve worked flawlessly! my friend buys ati cards and they suck hard...he's bought like 5 of them then bought a nvidia card and no problems after that! this is a great article
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  • njalterio
    Computerningja, you are such a tool. Nvidia does make hardware: It's called a graphics card you dunce. Don't believe me? Check this out:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_hardware

    Right there on the list of types of hardware are video cards. I will agree, Nvidia DOES NOT have any glaring manufacturing flaws, but neither does ATI as you suggest through your friends experience. So he bought five ATI cards and none worked? Please. And no, this is not a great article. Why would I care about the negligible performance difference between four different brands of the same old card? This would only have been helpful six months ago.
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  • ravenware
    NivaUh, I don't get what the people about are upset for. It's a good article, I enjoyed reading and seeing where these cards fit into the scheme of things. I know ATI has made a comeback with their recent cards but until their drivers are completely open and stable I'll stick with nVidia myself so I especially enjoyed this article. Thanks Toms!


    I ran an ATI Radeon 9800XT for 3 years and never had problems with their driver suite. I had a much more enjoyable experience with the ATI card than my current 7800GT card.

    And yes I would buy the 4850 over the 9600GT, 8800GT and 8800GTS.
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  • zbranigan
    Bought a 9600GT from NewEgg for $99 bucks with free shipping. I had trouble finding solid benchmark comparisons. Here they are. I was beginning to doubt my purchase. Tried Assassins Creed on my 8600GT this card is much better. Tried Crysis, but that game is only good to make you kick yourself for any card purchase. Thanks Tom.
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  • Chuck Norris
    Thanks for the article, I appreciate all of the testing. I would have liked to have seen the 4670 included as well, though, considering it's the direct parallel to the 9600GT for price.
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  • TheFace
    I would like to say I appreciate throwing the 3850 256mb in there. Got mine after they just came out when it was impossible to find a 3870 anywhere..for weeks... I appreciate it because I know exactly how far behind my graphics solution is. Just upgraded cpu, mobo, and RAM. HDD, and Vid card soon to follow.
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  • Anonymous
    Long Live ATI HD48** Series :D and this article is outdated! Why didn't you review Geforce MX? Boring Toms, Really, I Mean it!

    oh, and why fight? we just want better hardwares for lesser money... calm down buddies...
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