FiringSquad: GeForce 9600 GT SLI Performance

With the debut of the GeForce 9600 GT, expect the GeForce 8800 GT and 8800 GS to slowly disappear. With its higher clock speeds and larger frame buffer, the 9600 GT is generally faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB anyway, so FiringSquad doubt this GPU will be missed by many. Going forward they would like to see NVIDIA produce a more affordable G94 card with slower clocks (GeForce 9600 GS perhaps?), but for the time being the GeForce 8600 GTS will occupy the slot below the 9600 GT in NVIDIA's lineup. The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB will remain a viable alternative to the 9600 GT at the $230+ price point.

In any case, NVIDIA's truly got a winner with the GeForce 9600 GT. Whether you plan on purchasing one card or two, this GPU redefines what you typically expect out of a mainstream graphics card. Especially once the 9600 GT is overclocked.

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bozobucketeer4898d ago

And they actually wonder why pc gaming is dying? Least consoles have a lifespan of about 5 years.

mcgrawgamer4897d ago

I was thinking about upgrading my pc to get back into pc gaming. the 8800 gpu just came out and they already have the 9 series coming out? I'm still using a geforce 6 series in my pc LOL. At least with the ps3 and 360 I know what I'm getting and approx how long...

TheIneffableBob4897d ago

Um, the 8 series is 1.5 years old.

xav09714898d ago

I play pc games more than I play console games. Im enjoying Neverwinter Nights 2, Crysis, Stalker, and Witcher. Of course having a $3000 machine helps too especially with Crysis. MMO and RTS will always be better on pc. Yes I have both xbox 360 and PS3. PS3 is my blue ray player and xbox 360 is my games not on pc yet machine.

vilmer4897d ago

I'm in the same boat. PC gaming is still number one for me. FPS's on consoles makes me want to vomit. I just can't stand it! As for the card, I'll be picking one up to test ;)

Infernus4897d ago

In a few weeks I'm getting a new PC, having put up with a laptop for 3-4 years it's time for me to move back to a PC for gaming.

So I've plucked for the 8800GT 512MB as I can get it cheaper from the place that's putting my rig together than many other places.

I heard about the 9xxx series cards arriving but the price won't be worth it initially. It'll be better value getting the 8800GT then upgrading if it's needed. I suppose that'll all be pinned on how well the 9800GT performs when it's tested and how much it'll cost.

mboojigga4897d ago

I had the BFG 8800 GT OC's when I found out these released. The 8800's I bought for $279 each at Best Buy. Just took them back on Friday and picked up the BFG 9600's for $230. The 8800's work great when I had them for the 2 weeks I bought them. I built another computer with a Core 2 Duo E8400 and EVGA 780i SLI motherboard. Overclocked from 3.0ghz to 3.6ghz so far.

Charlie26884897d ago

Remember that if you bought the EVGA brand of NVIDIA cards you have a 90day step up program were you can exchange your card for any new one you fell like it :)

SlyGuy4897d ago

imo pc gaming will pick up again greatly once the new consoles have had some time to settle in.

Can anyone say Spore?