The Palit 9600GT 1GB Sonic is definitely a card for the future. Upcoming games may very well appreciate the full gig of memory. HDMI-ready cards are just coming around, and the 9600GT Sonic is prepared for your LCD TV or home theater. Monitors with DisplayPort interface are beginning to surface, and once again, the Palit 9600GT is ready for them.
The heatpipe cooler works well, keeping the factory overclocked GPU to under 50C at load, with total silence. Though I didn't mention earlier, as I expected the backing plate/memory heatsink got quite warm, so Palit did well helping out the overclocked memory with a little cooling. The two-slot PCI bracket keeps the card stable even with tool-free case solutions.
I really wished I could have compared the Palit 9600GT Sonic to an 8600GT or GTS with 512mb of memory, just to see if the 1 gig of memory made that much difference. But whether or not it was due to the massive amount of memory on this mid-range card, it clearly outperformed them, and I see it a very viable upgrade from the geForce 8 series mid-range cards.
I found no faults with the 9600GT Sonic. I guess that the only complaint I could find at all was the lack of instructions for the features of this card, both in the manual and on Palit's website. I guess that if something like that is the only thing you can find wrong with a product, the manufacturer has done a darn good job.
The Palit 9600GT 1GB Sonic sells for $199.99 at a popular online retailer, which puts it among the most expensive 9600GTs. But with the full gig of memory, heatpipe cooler, factory overclocking, and multiple interfaces, I'd expect it to be more expensive than other 9600GTs. ThinkComputers.org awards the Palit 9600GT 1GB Sonic a 10 out of 10 score.
- A full gig of memory
- Multiple interfaces
- Effective heatpipe cooling
- Not really a con, but the user's manual could be more informative