Galaxy 9600 GT OC Edition
We received a factory overclocked sample from Galaxy Technologies:Galaxy Technology
was established in 1994 as a manufacturing and distributor of computer components. The head office is located in Hong Kong whereas the factory is located in China. Since long, VGA cards is the prime business of the company and year after year Galaxy grows and develops their know-how. As the group of engineers consists mostly of overclockers, they always want to push the card to the edge by providing n°1 class materials and adapt the card to their needs. The Galaxy 9600GT OverClocked is a perfect example of know-how and guts to re-invent the standards of the 9600 series.
Galaxy 9600GT 512MB | core: 675MHz | shader: 1625MHz | memory: 1000MHz
In contrary to the G80 based video cards we don’t have every manufacturer using same the type of Printed Circuit Boards, neither do they use more or less the same kind of GPU cooling, this should make the 9600 GT quite interesting to compare among each other, there might just be few samples out there which allows much higher performance then the reference boards coming out of NVIDIA’s hands. Furthermore, this means that manufacturers have more control over their products so they could make it possible to reduce manufacturing costs in order to further reduce prices. Exotic coolers, weird but nevertheless useful feature, they can be added now. Performance wise, here is how the above samples match up against NVIDIA's reference:
Theoretically, Galaxy should have a small advantage over NVIDIA's reference model, boosting GPU core clocks usually pays off the most and looking at the architecture of this card I doubt it will be much different in this situation. Speed is only one of the things that makes a certain product attractive (or a complete failure instead), there is much more to be told about today's tested product. On the following pages we’ll guide you through a set of pictures which should give you a good view on what Galaxy's sample has to offer you, read on.