Palit is one of the many nVidia/ATI partners most Americans haven't heard of that makes a full line of GeForce and Radeon video cards. I do remember seeing Palit's cards at the online retailers, but I really didn't much attention, being more interested in the brands that we are all more familiar with. But actually, Palit has been has been building video cards since 1988. Besides Palit now being a sponsor of ThinkComputers, I have seen their cards being reviewed a lot lately at other hardware websites, so obviously Palit has decided to take a step forward in their marketing approach.
Today I will be looking at the Palit 9600GT 1GB Sonic. The 9600GT is nVidia's latest mid-range GeForce card, and rather than the reference 512 gigs of DDR3 memory, Palit has opted to add a full gig of memory, along with a heatpipe cooler, to this card. How will it stand up against the last generation of GeForce mid-range cards? Continue reading to see.
- Bus interface: PCI Express 2.0 Support
- Memory: 512MB GDDR3
- Memory Interface: 256 bit
- Core Clock: 700MHz
- Memory Clock: 2000MHz (1000MHz x 2)
- NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread technology
- Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
- 16x full-screen anti-aliasing
- True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
- NVIDIA Quantum Effects physics processing technology
- Dual Dual-link DVI outputs supports two 2560x1600 resolution displays
- NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
- OpenGL 2.1 support
- NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
- Certified for Microsoft Windows Vista
- NVIDIA Lumenex Engine
- Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
- Discrete, Programmable Video Processor
- Hardware Decode Acceleration
- High-Quality Scaling
- Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction)
- Bad Edit Correction
- Integrated SD and HD TV Output
- Noise Reduction
- Edge Enhancement
- Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
- Dual Stream Decode Acceleration
- HDCP capable
- DisplayPort output supports a maximum of 10.8 Gbit/s data rate and 2560x1600 resolution
The 9600GT 1GB Sonic comes in a very colorful box, which is mostly holographic gold in color. The photos don't do the box justice, it is really sharp looking. The front of the box mentions some of the features, the rear of the box has a small blurb of the features, in a full dozen languages.
The contents are protected inside by layers of cardboard. The video card itself is in a separate cardboard box covered in bubblewrap, with a slab of foam between the bubblewrap and the box.