Monday, April 28, 2008

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB Officially Released

Nvidia releases another mid range card that is slated to site somewhere on the shelf next to the 8800gt/gts and the 9600gt, where we aren't sure yet but one thing is certain Nvidia is flooding the market with cards lately!

Specs wise the 9600 GSO is a curious card. It packs 96 stream processors compared to the 9600 GT's 64, which should imply it will be a better performer, but in every other way the GSO is decidedly crippled. Stock clock speeds sit at 550MHz, 1,375MHz and 1.6GHz for the core, shaders and memory respectively - all slower than the GT.

The 9600GT offered 512MB of RAM on a 256-bit memory interface, but the GSO only uses a 192-bit interface with 384MB of RAM. On paper, those specs mean the GSO may even be able to keep up with the 9600 GT in some scenarios - especially the board partner pre-overclocked versions - as long as anti-aliasing isn't used, wherein the memory limitations will show up.

Importantly and rather oddly, the first 9600 GSOs showing up with UK retailers are being priced at about £80 ($160). This compares very well with both the 512MB version of the 3650, that it should be faster than, and 9600 GT. However if these prices are correct under current Newegg pricing the GSO would be more expensive than the GT.

So we'll have to wait and see where it lands on the performance charts, and we'll have to wait on actual pricing figures. Keep your eyes peeled for reviews which should be out in a day or two.

Link: GeForce 9600 GSO product page.

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