Offering an irresistible combination of performance and price, it is no wonder that the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT is perhaps one of the more popular GPUs at the moment. Launched slightly more than half a year ago, the GeForce 9600 GT was the first of NVIDIA's GeForce 9 series cards, and is targeted squarely at the lucrative mid-range mainstream market.
Since its launch, we have seen many variants from graphics vendors. To stand out, they often employ one of two commonly used methods, or sometimes even both. One of the methods is factory-overclocking. Zotac's AMP! Edition and Palit's Sonic series of cards are two such examples. Another method vendors use to differentiate themselves from the competition is the addition of customized cooling solutions. Think Zalman coolers, MSI Hybrid Freezers and ASUS Glaciators.
So what about the Zotac GeForce 9600 GT DP? What makes it so special? We are glad you asked. Not only does it sport a fancy Zalman cooler, it also comes factory-overclocked, but beyond this, it also has a host of video outputs. Apart from the usual two DVI and mini-DIN S/Video output, it also has one for HDMI, another for VGA and yet another for the newer DisplayPort interface. In short, the works.
So join us as we take a look to see if this is one of the most complete GeForce 9600 GT cards that money can buy.
|Model||Zotac GeForce 9600 GT DP 512MB||NVIDIA GeForce 8800> GT 512MB||ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB||ATI Radeon HD 3850 256MB|
|Transistor Count||505 million||754 million||666 million||666 million|
|Stream Processors||64 Stream Processors||112 Stream Processors||64 Processors (320 Stream processing units)||64 Processors (320 Stream processing units)|
|Stream Processors Clock||1625MHz||1500MHz||775MHz||670MHz|
|Texture Mapping Units (TMU) or Texture Filtering (TF) units||32||56||16||16|
|Raster Opertating Units (ROP)||16||16||16||16|
|Memory Clock||1800MHz GDDR3||1800MHz GDDR3||2250MHz GDDR4||1660MHz GDDR3|
|DDR Memory Bus Width||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit|
|PCI Express Interface||PCI ver 2.0 x16||PCI ver 2.0 x16||PCI ver 2.0 x16||PCI ver 2.0 x16|
|Molex Power Connectors||1 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin|
|Multi GPU Technology||SLI||SLI||CrossFire||CrossFire|
|DVI Output Support||2 x Dual-Link||2 x Dual-Link||2 x Dual-Link||2 x Dual-Link|
|HDCP Output Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Street Price||~ US$100||~ US$120||~ US$130||~ US$100|