PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card Review

Posted: Mar 3 2008, 12:00am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:22am CDT, in Reviews | Computer Hardware

 

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Benchmarks

Features & Specifications
The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT has a core speed of 650MHz and a memory clock of 1800MHz. The shader clock is 1625MHz and the card has 57.5GB/s of memory bandwidth along with 64 stream processors. The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT is also HDCP capable for playing protected HD content. Outputs on the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT include dual DVI-D and HDTV out. The card is PCI Express 2.0 compliant and backwards compatible with current PCI Express slots as well.

Test Machine
The test machine used in the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT review has the following specifications:

  • CPU- Intel QX6850
  • Mainboard- XFX 680i
  • PSU- PC Power and Cooling 1KW
  • Display- Dell 30-inch
  • OS- Windows XP Pro
  • RAM- 2GB DDR2 800MHz

Benchmarks
To test the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT I will be using 3DMark06, Crysis, Bioshock, and Quake Wars. The first test up for the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT is 3DMark06.

3Dmark06
I ran 3Dmark06 at default settings in the NVIDIA control panel and in the 3Dmark application. The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT scored as follows in 3DMark06:

  • Total 3DMarks- 11367
  • SM2.0- 4643
  • HDR/SM3.0- 4402
  • CPU- 4688
  • Return to Proxycon- 37.395
  • Firefly Forest- 39.997
  • Canyon Flight- 39.803
  • Deep Freeze- 48.230
  • CPU1- 1.549
  • CPU2- 2.271

For comparison the XFX 9600 GT I tested previously scored a virtually identical 11397, the PNY 8800 GTS 512MB scored 13905, and the XFX 8800 Ultra XXX scored 13253 3DMarks (different test machine).

Crysis
The next test up for the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT was Crysis. I ran Crysis at 1600 x 1200 with all settings on medium. I used Fraps to record frame rate data from the initial beach insertion to the fight with eth first enemy soldiers. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data:

  • Min- 22 fps
  • Avg- 40.824
  • Max- 63 fps

Quake Wars
The next test up was Quake Wars, which I ran at a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 with 2x AA and all settings on high. I used Fraps to record frame rate data on a single player map at the Africa refinery. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data:

  • Min- 50 fps
  • Avg- 59.882 fps
  • Max- 62 fps

Bioshock
The final test up for the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT was with Bioshock. I ran Bioshock at a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 with all settings on high, high detail post processing on and high detail shaders on. I used Fraps to record frame rate data on the level at Fontaine Fisheries where you have to leave weapons behind. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data:

  • Min- 26 fps
  • Avg- 40.158 fps
  • Max- 55 fps

Final Thoughts
After all the test were done the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT was a near tie in performance with the XFX 9600 GT, which was to be expected since the cards both run the same clock speeds. The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT retails for $179.99 and is available now.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good price
  • Good performance
  • Single slot card

Cons

  • No bundled game

Verdict
The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT performs very well at a price that most gamers will be able to afford. The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT is a fantastic choice for gamers shopping in the sub $200 range.

9.0
10
 
 

The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Tech and Car expert Shane McGlaun (Google) reports about what's new in these two sectors. His extensive experience in testing cars, computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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