Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT Tested

Power Consumption

Let's see how the GeForce 9600 GT, with its 65 nm G94, performed in terms of power consumption.

Fairly logically, the 9600 GT's consumption is very close to that of the 8800 GT 256 MB, but still behind it; the increase in memory seems to more be than compensated for by the loss of nearly half the GPU's stream processors, despite the higher frequencies. You can see that under load (which we now measure with STALKER), the 9600 GT consumes as much power as the HD 3850. The latter, though, holds onto a clear advantage in 2D, due to its smaller engraving depth, better deactivation of the unused parts, and a larger drop in frequency: 300 MHz compared to 670 for the HD 3850. Note that Nvidia claims a maximum consumption of 95 W for its card.

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  • tijmen007
    Nice Review, was really helpfull chosing between the HD4670 and 9600GT. Cause the HD4670 is a bit slower as the HD3850 due its memory bus of 128-bit.

    Tijmen
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  • Unicorns_FTW
    Wow, it is amazing how much AA & AF deplete your FPS on games such as Crysis and COD 4. I have a Palit 9600GT along with a E8400, and it more or less matches these benchies. Great review once again.
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  • silicondoc
    Thanks for the review - helps in putting together medium range systems. Card prices have gone up now ( Feb 2009 ) after they went down during and about "black Friday" time.
    I see the lowest priced 9600GT at $90, %65 after rebate, with free Far Cry 2.
    Not bad at all.
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  • ceponatia
    9600GT is a POS. It has wonderful performance, as the review stated, until it crashes to a black screen. I have had two different cards and they both do the same thing. Buy a Radeon.
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  • Anonymous
    Great, looks like I need to spend more money on a better graphics card. Thanks for testing.
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  • Anonymous
    i think gefore 8800 GT is Good!
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