Saturday, February 28th 2009

Gigabyte Readies Passive-Cooled GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition Accelerator

NVIDIA sought to give the GeForce 9600 GT a refresh with a new SKU, the 9600 GT Green Edition, that makes use of the reduced thermal footprints of the 55 nm G94 graphics core, and slightly reduced clock speeds, to result in energy-efficient graphics cards. Some of these do not require the 6-pin PCI-E power input. Gigabyte has its first accelerator based on this core, the GV-N96TSL-1GI. The company goes a step ahead in exploiting the thermal characteristics of the core, to come up with a silent-cooler design.

The cooler which Gigabyte refers to as "Silent Cell", consists of a central GPU contact block from which heatpipes emerge, conveying heat to an aluminum fin array that spans across the full length of the card. A part of it even protrudes out of the back-plate. The cooler relies on convectional currents of the air inside the case to draw heat from the fins, and leave the case through the backplate. Cooling aside, Gigabyte got generous with the amount of memory: 1 GB of GDDR3 across a 256-bit wide bus. Perhaps it compensates for the slightly reduced clock speeds, the extant to which, isn't known as of now. The card will hit shelves shortly, by when we could tell its price.

Source: Donanim Haber
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17 Comments on Gigabyte Readies Passive-Cooled GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition Accelerator

#1
morpha
I was a big fan of the normal 9600gt greenpower.. but now its passive?

EVEN BETTER!:rockout:
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#2
theorw
Another extra 512 MB wasted...I mean especially now thats underclocked,how do they expect from the card to really use another 512mb???They are jocking right?...?
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#3
morpha
same reason most low powered passive cooled graphics cards come out with 1gb ram.

theres a niche market for media center fans who THINK that the 1gb ram actually does something..
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#4
LittleLizard
if it would have only 512 mb, i would consider it for my next upgrade (if it ever comes here)
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#5
PCpraiser100
I think Gigabyte is an idiot company now they have been hype us over endless bull****.
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#6
Jakl
I think that will be an amazing card in my HTPC , Ive been looking for a passive high end GPU , and it doesnt even require the 6pin Power :o
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#7
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: DjJakl
I think that will be an amazing card in my HTPC , Ive been looking for a passive high end GPU , and it doesnt even require the 6pin Power :o
Why not get a 9800GT and stick a S2 Cooler on it ? even faster gpu and still passive.
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PCpraiser100
by: DjJakl
I think that will be an amazing card in my HTPC , Ive been looking for a passive high end GPU , and it doesnt even require the 6pin Power :o
Well, I guess that's a good side for HTPC or LANbox gamers. I just hate how the series gets extended.
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#9
KainXS
for HTPC's ATI's lower end cards are still better so I can't see this being better in that market

maybe if you like a silent gaming pc that won't overclock but thats it
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#10
my_name_is_earl
I like Gigabyte cooling for graphic card but I wish they focus more on the high-ends one like hd4870x2, 295gtx, etc... Haven't really see them making cooling for the high-ends segment and they can pretty dominate the high-ends if they put an aftermarket cooling. PS I'll be the first guy in-line if they had such cooling for high-ends card.
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#11
LittleLizard
by: DjJakl
I think that will be an amazing card in my HTPC , Ive been looking for a passive high end GPU , and it doesnt even require the 6pin Power :o
there is already for a long time a 9600 gt passive on tha egg from asus, but it requires the 6 pin connector... WHO CARES :)
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#12
morpha
I still see this edition as only a boon.
I do however wish they would make lower powered, physically smaller 8800gt's..

in a year or two they might..
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#13
ShadowFold
I'd rather use the onboard HD 3300 on a 790GX for a HTPC. Now that's silent ;) I have a HD 4830 in my HTPC but we use it to game as well :laugh:
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#15
3nd0
Don't believe in "PASSIVE COOLING" they suck!!:banghead:
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#16
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: 3nd0
Don't believe in "PASSIVE COOLING" they suck!!:banghead:
Welcome to tpu :) Passive cooling isn't all that bad. I used to have my 8800GT cooled passively and never went over 50 degrees.

Also I can turn the fan off on my GTX260 when playing games (found that out by accident) and it works fine albeit 95 degrees gets me a bit worried at times.
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#17
h3llb3nd4
by: DrPepper
Welcome to tpu :) Passive cooling isn't all that bad. I used to have my 8800GT cooled passively and never went over 50 degrees.

Also I can turn the fan off on my GTX260 when playing games (found that out by accident) and it works fine albeit 95 degrees gets me a bit worried at times.
LOL once my fans got stuck and temps shot up to 96degrees :laugh:
I shat myself![games like cod5 becomes very unstable]
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