Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty 4 really showed up the major strong point of the 9600 GT, especially compared to its direct competitors - its performance with antialiasing enabled. Although at 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 it finished second-last, still beaten by a "modest" HD 3850 512 MB - which is not really so abnormal when you look at its price, as we'll see later - with the filters on, its 512 MB memory showed what it's there to do. Not only did it overtake the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870, which are especially poor with this filter, but - much more remarkably - also gained on the 8800 GT! It moved from 18% behind to only 10% with antialiasing, despite its lower power, which usually further penalizes these cards. This is a really remarkable and unusual phenomenon.
I see the lowest priced 9600GT at $90, %65 after rebate, with free Far Cry 2.
Not bad at all.