Finding the Mid-range Sweet Spot - GeForce 9600 GT Showdown


Gigabyte & Leadtek

Gigabyte GV-NX96T512H-B

Not every vendor has custom designs so close to launch day and Gigabyte is one of the many who only have the standard NVIDIA based board at the moment. That means standard clock and memory speeds and somewhat disappointingly, there is also no bundled game (like the company's recent favorite, Neverwinter Nights 2). Perhaps this lack of extras reflects the mainstream nature of this product, though at a local retail price of S$299, it's not exactly the cheapest option found.

The accessories and cables are also on the thin side and are listed below:

  • Driver CD
  • Installation guide
  • DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 6-pin Molex power connector
  • 7-pin mini-DIN to Component/S-Video dongle


Leadtek WinFast PX9600 GT Extreme

Leadtek has gone with the standard board design and cooler but as the Extreme name declares, this is an overclocked GeForce 9600 GT. The core has been increased to 720MHz, a very decent improvement, though memory remains the same at 1800MHz DDR. A rather decent game, Overlord is also included along in the package, together with the items listed below. Given its above average performance, Leadtek is unsurprisingly asking for a premium here, albeit a slight one, as this Extreme is priced at S$309.

  • Driver CD
  • Installation guide
  • Overlord (full game)
  • DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
  • 6-pin Molex power connector
  • 7-pin mini-DIN to Component/S-Video dongle
  • S/PDIF cable