As rumored, Nvidia has officially introduced its GeForce 9600 GT graphics card today. The company hasn't yet updated its website with information about the card, but its partners have, and you'll find the likes of XFX and Zotac touting their versions of the cards. A handful of different 9600 GT models can already be purchased on Newegg, as well.
First, let's start off with the 9600 GT's stock specifications. The card features a new G94 graphics processor with 64 stream processors, a 650MHz core clock speed, a 1625MHz shader clock, and 512MB of 900MHz GDDR3 memory on a 256-bit bus—a first for a card with an x600 GT-style name. (The GeForce 6600 GT, 7600 GT, and 8600 GT have all had 128-bit memory interfaces). Moving on to pricing, the card is meant to start at $169, which makes it a tad more expensive than its predecessors. Physically, the card looks more akin to the 8800 GT than previous x600-series models:
Right now, we can find the following 9600 GT models available on Newegg:
|Model||Core clock||Mem. clock||RAM||Price|
|MSI N9600GT-T2D512 OC||700MHz||950MHz||512MB||$189.99|
Prices are a little marked up, but based on how we've seen the 9600 GT perform in our labs, those are still very enticing. Stay tuned for a full review.