Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT Passive review -
5 - Photos - The Card (1)
Photos - The Card
On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at 4272 x 2848 pixels and then scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D - 12 MegaPixel.
Here we see the packaging, we always show it so you can recognize it in the stores.
The Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT comes with 512MB memory, GDDR3, and as explained default clock-speeds. Noticeable is the custom blue PCB and the passive cooler. Notice the white and black DVI connector, the black one is dual-link DVI for 2560x1600 monitors.
A very clean PCB design for sure. Typically the less components on there means better results in tweaking. We stumble into one SLI finger as well. If you pair two of these cards in SLI on a compatible mainboard; the performance will be nearly doubled up.
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Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT Passive review
I had a peek around for an exotic model GeForce 9600 GT. I ended up with Sparkle .. get this .. 99 EUR for their passively cooled product with 512MB GDDR3 memory. I'm sorry but that's just a heck of a lot more value than the 9500 GT will offer gaming performance wise. And next to that, as this review will show .. the product has a few surprises ready under it's sleeves.
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