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Midrange Graphics Card Round Up

Midrange Graphics Card Round Up

Temperatures/Overclocking

The temperatures shown below were taken in a Cooler Master Cosmos case with stock cooling and an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Heatsink. The 9600’s measured both had reference cooling. All other components are as listed on the test system page.

 
Idle
Load
Reference 9600
45
63
SLI
45/49
66/68

The idle temperatures shown above are quite reasonable for a mainstream card but the load temperatures are actually quite impressive. Staying under seventy celsius, even when in an SLI configuration is a great achievement and show us that this card has the potential to run very cool or silent should we add a high performance cooler. In fact, a quick visit to Arctic Cooling’s site lets us know that they have already certified the Accelero S1 for use with the 9600 GT.

 
Stock
Max OC
Gainward /Palit 9600
700/1000/1750
750/1005/1800
Zotac 9600
725/1000/1750
755/1010/1865
Asus 9600
650/900/1625
720/1005/1810
XFX 9600
740/1000/1850
760/1010/1875
Gainward 8800 GTS 1Gb GLH Edition
730/1050/1825
740/1065/1850
Zotac 8800 GT 1Gb
660/900/1600
710/1008/1790
Asus 3850 OC
668/930
735/1255


Moving on to overclocking we see that most of the cards on show have quite a bit of potential, the XFX 9600 GT XXX has the lowest change in clocks but only because it is set extremely high to begin with. When fully overclocked none of the other 9600s can match XFX but the Zotac does come close. Probably the most impressive overclock of all has to be the one we achieved on the Asus 3850. We used ATITool for this overclock rather than the OC Gear software so that we could get slightly more controllable settings. The end result was a core increase of 67MHz with memory of 325MHz. This is entirely down to the excellent 0.8ns memory used by Asus.

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