Geforce 9500 GT SLI vs Geforce 9600 GT Performance Comparison

Videocards/VGA Reviews by massman @ 2008-09-10

Not too long ago NVIDIA launched their new entry level video card, the Geforce 9500 GT. Today we take a closer look at what extra performance can be had when you add a second card in your system; we compare the performance of the 9500 GT in SLI to a single 9600 GT.

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Synthetic 3D Benchmarks

Futuremarks tests

These synthetic 3D benchmarks from Futuremark allow you to evaluate the expected performance of a system with different generations of games. As each 3DMark uses different features and quality settings, it allows you to get an idea of how your system will perform.

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3DMark2001SE has become more and more a system benchmark rather than a graphics card benchmark over the years. Nowadays, you can really see the difference in DDR2 and DDR3 memory setups, high and low FSB setups and so on.

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An extra card add some extra performance, about 40.81%, however overclocking the SLI configuration has little to no effect on the performance level.


3DMark03 is very GPU dependant, which comes down to: the more cores, the higher the score. SLI and CF performance increase is spectacular in this benchmark.

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As expected an insane increase in performance in the 3DMark03 benchmark, as it's very GPU dependant: 69.93% faster than a single card solution.


This product of the 3DMark series is again more CPU dependant than its predecessor, meaning that an overclocked CPU will have a big influence on the end score.

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Quite a nice boost in 3DMark05 as well, performance went up by 59.03%.


3DMark06 is known to stress the GPU to the maximum and provides SM2.0 and SM3.0 test to compare products.

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In the latest DX9 benchmark of Futuremark, the performance goes up by a stunning 67.94%.


While this 3D benchmark is aging quickly, it still serves as a good evaluation tool for system performance, as it stresses the VGA, CPU and memory subsystem, any advantage had from a faster motherboard or memory setting will be apparent.

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28.20% increase in Aquamark3, which is not really that shocking, knowing that Aquamark likes a faster CPU over additional video cards.
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