Thursday, February 21st 2008

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT GPU Kicks Off GeForce 9 Series

NVIDIA Corporation, also unveiled today the first graphics processing unit (GPU) of its next-generation GeForce 9 Series that may offer the largest single-generation performance jump in the Company’s history. Introduced today, the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT GPU delivers up to 116%* more performance than its predecessor at a price below $199.


“After going to all the GeForce LANs and seeing the rigs that gamers play on, we wanted to kick off the GeForce 9 with the perfect GPU for gamers,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager of GeForce desktop GPUs at NVIDIA. “The first product to be introduced in the GeForce 9 family gives gamers the horsepower to play cutting-edge DirectX 10 games at a price they will love and can afford.”

A point has been reached in PC gaming where the graphics horsepower requirements to play popular games such as Call of Duty 4 and Unreal Tournament 3 at high-definition resolutions such as 1900x1200 and above, with high-image-quality features enabled, may have outpaced a lot of the installed hardware. Until now, graphics processors capable of delivering playable frame rates at those stressful settings have cost in excess of $400. With the GeForce 9600 GT GPU, immersive gaming with incredible graphics is now within the reach and budget of PC gamers for less than $199.

“NVIDIA continues to innovate in hardware technology so that game enthusiasts and consumers can fully experience the incredible graphics offerings in Microsoft’s operating systems, including Windows Vista,” said Kevin Unangst, senior global director of Games for Windows, Microsoft. “The new GeForce 9600 GT GPU further extends NVIDIA’s ability to deliver improved DirectX 10 performance on Windows Vista at an affordable price point, so that anyone and everyone can have an amazing gaming experience.”

The new GeForce 9600 GT GPU shows an improved performance-per-watt ratio compared to its predecessor as well as improved compression efficiency. In addition to 64 stream processors—each individually clocked at a blazing-fast 1625 MHz—and a 256-bit memory interface running at 900 MHz, the GeForce 9600 GT GPU is designed for the new PCIe 2.0 bus standard and features backwards compatibility with the original PCIe standard.

The GeForce 9600 GT GPU also improves high-definition video playback on everyday PCs by leveraging NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology to deliver high-quality playback of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies. The new programmable video-processing engine takes on all of the high-definition H.264 video decoding, freeing the CPU to perform other tasks, while significantly reducing power consumption, heat, and noise. Spectacular picture clarity and vibrant color is achieved with advanced video processing technology.

GeForce 9600 GT-based graphics cards are available now from leading add-in card manufacturers, retailers, and system builders. For information on where to buy GeForce 9600 GT-based graphics cards, please visit www.nvidia.com/wheretobuy.


*Based on testing FEAR on Windows Vista, Intel Core2 Extreme QX6850 at 1600x1200 4x/16x on a GeForce 9600 GT (65 fps) and the product it replaces in this segment, the GeForce 8600 GTS (30 fps).Source: NVIDIA
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17 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT GPU Kicks Off GeForce 9 Series

#1
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
why doesnt nvidia put cool colors and pics on their cards anymore?
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jocksteeluk
by: Solaris17
why doesnt nvidia put cool colors and pics on their cards anymore?
It's because they are pointless and needlessly add to the production costs, the pictures dont even look good.
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
i beg to differ i like pretty colors...
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I Like the i dear that the shaders are faster then the core!
Wish AMD would doing the same thing!
My HD2600XTs Shaders are just as fast as the core but I have 120of them! :)
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X-TeNDeR
Just a small note: the only reason why this new card offers "up to 116%* more performance than its predecessor" is because the 8600 was that BAD.

The leap is great, i admit, but i don't want people to think they made it THAT fast. its all relative, of course.
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choppy
^^ spot on above. also if it wernt for ati being aggressive n competitive i dont think we wud have seen a 9600gt with 256bit interface or 512 ram. this card wud have been the 9800gt and probably cost $400 or something ridiculous
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Tatty_One
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by: X-TeNDeR
Just a small note: the only reason why this new card offers "up to 116%* more performance than its predecessor" is because the 8600 was that BAD.

The leap is great, i admit, but i don't want people to think they made it THAT fast. its all relative, of course.
It was that bad yes, but still better than it's competition :D so it didnt really need to be better.
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Tatty_One
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by: choppy
^^ spot on above. also if it wernt for ati being aggressive n competitive i dont think we wud have seen a 9600gt with 256bit interface or 512 ram. this card wud have been the 9800gt and probably cost $400 or something ridiculous
Not necessarily, the 8800GS would fill that niche, this card was origionally designed to take on the 3850 as NVidia did not have any competition for ATI's excellent offering.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Tatty_One
Not necessarily, the 8800GS would fill that niche, this card was origionally designed to take on the 3850 as NVidia did not have any competition for ATI's excellent offering.
NVidia could have had easy competition for the 3850, they just didn't want to take they high end card and simply down clock it and call it a mid-range. They like to give their high-end customers something to feel special about, not screw them over by making them pay for nothing more than clock speeds.
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AddSub
also if it wernt for ati being aggressive n competitive i dont think we wud have seen a 9600gt with 256bit interface or 512 ram. this card wud have been the 9800gt and probably cost $400 or something ridiculous
I was just going to say that. I bet AMD's 38xx series was really surprising for nVidia. From price/performance perspective they simply didn’t know how to counter it. Hence the fumbling on their part in the immediate release aftermath and the hurried release of the 8800GS. A poor, neutered, ROP and bandwidth starved card in my opinion.

As for 9600GT, no thanks. Last time I owned a x600 GT card from nVidia was few years back, a BFG 6600GT, which had a malfunctioning DAC which in turn damaged one of my CRT monitors.

And what’s up with the whole "single crystal oscillator" issue on 9600GT cards?
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DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: Solaris17
i beg to differ i like pretty colors...
I like these colors on that card, I just wish the PCB was yellow too. Noting a can of spray paint couldn't fix tho.
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Tatty_One
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by: AddSub
I was just going to say that. I bet AMD's 38xx series was really surprising for nVidia. From price/performance perspective they simply didn’t know how to counter it. Hence the fumbling on their part in the immediate release aftermath and the hurried release of the 8800GS. A poor, neutered, ROP and bandwidth starved card in my opinion.

As for 9600GT, no thanks. Last time I owned a x600 GT card from nVidia was few years back, a BFG 6600GT, which had a malfunctioning DAC which in turn damaged one of my CRT monitors.

And what’s up with the whole "single crystal oscillator" issue on 9600GT cards?
I thought they did counter at least the 3870......with the 8800GT, its now priced roughly the same and its faster, the 3850 was the real "jewel in the crown" for ATi.
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Tatty_One
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by: DaMulta
I like these colors on that card, I just wish the PCB was yellow too. Noting a can of spray paint couldn't fix tho.
Lolz
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#15
[I.R.A]_FBi
he NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT GPU delivers up to 116%* more performance than its predecessor at a price below $199.
and whose fault is that?
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#16
trog100
i think.. thow i could be wrong.. this is basically a rebadged 8800gt.. which would explain why it goes so well..

which kinda fits my thinking.. the original 8800gt was never meant to be.. an intended 9xxx card brought forward to counter the ati 3870.. its now back where it was meant to be.. a rebadged 8800gts will now become the lower end 98xxx series card..

all in all leaving a lesser gap between the 9600 and the 9800 cards..

i think ati have kinda messed up nvidias line up..

this one goes 100% better than its predecessor.. the 98xx ones aint gonna thow.. he he

trog
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#17
Fhgwghads
Well, just threw two into my secondary back-up lan party rig(q6600,2 xbfg 9600gt, 4gb ddr 800, evga 680i) And I see a huge difference coming from two 8800gts 640mb cards. FPS are much higher in high resolutions.
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