To satiate digital LCD fans, a version of Tyan's new Tachyon G9600 Pro will be available with dual DVI output ports. But there's more to the Tachyon G9600 Pro than just dual DVI. Unlike most graphics card manufacturers, Tyan's take on ATI's 0.13-micron Radeon 9600 Pro has a little extra flavor in the form of a tweaked board layout, a variable speed fan, a gargantuan heat sink, and a hardware monitoring and overclocking utility.
Tachyon G9600 Pro practically cries out for overclocking. We've indulged those cries and benchmarked the card's stock and overclocked configurations in a stack of real world game tests against a GeForce FX. How high can we overclock the Tachyon G9600 Pro, and what kind of performance does it offer? Let's find out.
Before getting into the specifics of the Tachyon G9600 Pro, it's worth taking a quick peek at the card's specs. You can read more about the attributes of the RV350 GPU in our review of the Radeon 9600 Pro, and you can see how the Tachyon G9600 Pro's fill rates and memory bandwidth compare to the competition in our graphics comparison table.
|Peak pixel fill rate||1600 Mpixels/s|
|Texture units/pixel pipeline||1|
|Textures per clock||4|
|Peak texel fill rate||1600 Mtexels/s|
|Memory type||Hynix BGA GDDR SDRAM|
|Memory bus width||128-bit|
|Peak memory bandwidth||9.6GB/s|
|Ports||VGA, DVI, and S-Video outputs|
(version available with dual DVI ports)
|Auxiliary power connector||None|
Apart from potential differences in output port options, cards based on the same graphics chip tend to offer identical specifications. However, there's more to the Tachyon G9600 Pro than its spec sheet reveals. Let's unpack the card and take a closer look.