Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

9600GT Again? I normally wouldn’t take on another 9600GT review as I’ve done that quite a few times over, however this one’s was a Low Power and Low Profile version – so I thought it to be pretty interesting.

The Appearance

The card comes in Galaxy’s signature blue PCB and sticker over the heatsink, and it is both short in length and in height. This makes the card ideal for smaller casing.

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

Just how short is it? Here’s the card in comparison to a Tesco club card, which is based on the standard size for cards.

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

Solid caps and heatsink. Take note also of the copper based for the heatsink.

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

The heatsink is securely fastened at the back, however this might pose a problem on boards that are have PCI-E x16 slot placed in close proximity to the DIMM slots, in my case I found that the heatsink holding piece blocks the DIMM clip. Generally I blame this on the board design than the card itself, I’ve always disliked boards with PCI-E that are close to DIMM slots, and also those that place SATA ports near the PCI-E slot too.

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

The card relies on a small fan, and with it comes with DVI and HDMI output.

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

The Bundle

– The card
– Installation CD and guide
– Brackets (regular and short version)
– DVI to VGA dongle

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page, it looks very similar to another one that’s not the low-power version. Note the PCI-E power connector at the end of the card.

Basically the card is a slower version of 9600GT (Reference) with 600Mhz GPU clock, 900Mhz Memory clock and 1500Mhz Shader clock while the regular versions come with 650 MHz GPU clock and 1625 MHz Shader clock.

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Core™2 Duo E7200 @ 3.6ghz
RAM Kingston HyperX 4GB Dual-channel Kit
Motherboard Jetway X-Blue P45
Cooler Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink 92mm
Monitor 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Power Supply Gigabyte Odin GT 550w
Operating System Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Driver Version Forceware 190.38

The Performance

For a fair comparison, I’ve placed the benchmarks from the HD4670 and HD4770.

Reason being that the 9600GT is priced between the HD4670 and the HD4770, hence comparing between them would give a good picture of the performance level.

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 22
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 16
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 23

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 26.7
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 23
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 46.9

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946

Card Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 31.2 43.4
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 28.9 21.8
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 37.6 48.2

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 6.85
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 7.95
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 12.87

H.A.W.X.

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, not using DX10.1 for mode.

Card Average
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 29
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 N/A
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 38

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 14
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 N/A
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 20

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

Card Idle (°C) Load (°C) Stress (°C)
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 45 60 73

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 23°C.

– Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at 1680×1050 with 4xAA.
– Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

I must say that I’m impressed by the temperature, seeing how compact is the cooler itself. The low-powered nature of the card helps.

Power Consumption

Please note that the numbers below indicate the wattage for the entire system, not the graphic card alone.

System Power Consumption Idle (w) Load (w)
Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 42 93
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 56 121

Readings taken with Gigabyte’s P-Tuner software.

Unfortunately I do not have a regular 9600GT for comparison BUT I think the low-power consumption HD4770 is a decent comparison. Looks good here, low power consumption it is.

Conclusion

I am really tempted now to acquire another unit for SLI-ing on one of my rigs.

Basically, this card is a little faster than the HD4670 while both are good for low power consumption.

The card retails at around RM 320, it sacrifices a little on performance for the low power advantage, with the low profile being a plus.

goldfries recommended
(If you’re looking for something low profile, decent GPU power and of course, want something of low power consumption that doesn’t burden your already not-so-great power supply.)

Author:goldfries

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32 Responses to “Galaxy Geforce 9600GT 512MB LowPower LowProfile Graphic Card Review”

  1. August 14, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    Its hard to find low-profile card nowadays. Or maybe i wasn’t aware? :P

  2. August 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Do you know where I can get one in the USA for under $120?

  3. boonykun
    August 17, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    Just wondering

    Where is the SLI bridge connector? :)

  4. Kerry
    August 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    by soft-SLI instead of hardware SLI bridge..

  5. August 19, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Yea, yea, I know all of those places sell Galaxy products, but only BestBuy carries this one in particular and they have it priced at $140 + shipping. Are there any alternatlives to purchase this specific LowProfile, LowPower (600Mhz GPU clock) product?

  6. Rico
    March 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Would u say this is the best low profile low power graphic card in the market???Ive been scouring thru ur articled finding the best lp lp graphic card..i m looking for 58 units…may i please trouble u for their contact?Ricobajaj6666@yahoo.com
    Cheers mate,keep up the good work

  7. Rico
    March 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    u there?

  8. March 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Yes I’m here. :D

    Don’t you have any seller around you that sells such cards or similar? :)

    i’m not sure if this is the best in the world but it certainly it’s the best I’ve come by.

  9. Rico
    March 17, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Been to lowyat..noóne heard about the card…instead the keep pushing me a high powered card even though i need a LOW POWER LOW PROFILE card…Thanks for ur help buddy

  10. bob
    March 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    i saw one seller list it on lyn, but he said permanently out of stock. i’m also looking for this card. but due to the hardship, i’ll go with radeon hd 5570.

  11. Rico
    March 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    ENGT 240 doesnt look bad either does it…

  12. bob
    March 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    where can you get gt 240?

  13. Rico
    March 25, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    try Jason at IT hypermart PJ Digimall..nice helpfull fella unlike other places ive been to.

  14. bob
    March 25, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    pj digimall? how to get there. lowyat no sell anymore? saw it at newegg, but they don’t ship to malaysia. llool.

  15. apple
    July 6, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    will this be able to run with only 220 watts of power?

  16. Tom
    October 30, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I bought three of these cards – I was shocked at how much HEAT they produce – its absolutely critical that the fans work all the time (there noisy). Anyway, the fans on two of my cards stopped working and the heat cooked the cards. Would not even bother replacing them with the same card.

    My advice – look for another card!

  17. Wester
    November 7, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    @ apple, I don’t think 220 watts of power would work – 300 is the minimum recommended specification (and I imagine the requisite too).

    I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one who has that problem with this board. How quickly this board augments to around 100C under load is unsettling, considering 105C is the maximum operating temperature. But I’ve never let it go upwards of 93C, even at 100% fan speed, and I know it won’t stop there, but even that is too hot for me and would certainly curtail the lifespan of the card to be ran at that temperature frequently, which it reaches in around 3 minutes under full stress load for me (:-/). I don’t think the fan/PCB used on this is very good at handling the heat of the 2+ year old G96 core, and it does sound whinier the higher speed the fan’s at. Baffling how the original 9600GT would run much cooler yet draws more power and qualifies for less of a low power/profile card, but I guess it’s because of the design. I bought this card over a year ago (Summer of 2009) and have been too afraid to ever let it run at full load for long because I’m scared it will overheat and die. But perhaps a better cooling system for this LP board would have rectified everything.

    See, I also tried downclocking it 2 fold on all three clocks (shader, memory, and core), and even that didn’t reduce the heat and the time it takes to get hot by much at all. The only way I can play games with this or just run 3D apps is to use very low resolutions, turn of FSAA/AF, and cap the frame-rate somehow to at least 60FPS, if not lower. That way the card is not under full computational load, so the temperature remains around the 60C-70C range instead and the fan speed itself doesn’t even reach 100% (in my experience). Very cheap, but at least it works. But I don’t think anyone bought this card to do that, even if it’s just a bit slower than the reference 9600GT. Of course, I’m sure this is old news by now, so unless you have a well working 9600GT LP card (or even two of them for those who have SLI configs), I too would advise to look for another card, even if you want a LP upgrade.

  18. Wester
    November 7, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    turn off*

  19. Wester
    November 19, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    An update… I was able to get the card to have a 68C maximum by lowering the clock speeds by like 6x. :/ Well, it’s better than nothing, but it’s certainly not qualifying for a 9600 GT at that point. Though it does affirm the belief that the fan/PCB is too small to handle the G96 core (or that some cards/fans of this ilk are just faulty).

  20. Wester
    November 19, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    However, the card does not necessarily work properly at that point, as I believe the frame buffer doesn’t work correctly – it says it’s out of VRAM at higher resolutions in super low clock speeds. I suppose that’s the sacrifice, but I believe at around 400 MHz (for the core), 100 MHz (for the memory clock), and 1000 MHz (for the shader clock) that it would be able to reach 2560×1600 again and maintain a safe temperature maximum (below 80C, I think). Not acceptable at all, I think, but fascinating nevertheless.

  21. Wester
    January 3, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Nevermind. The card’s fan died on me with the ball bearings going. :/ As many a review has stated, the card’s fan does not handle the PCB of the 9600 GT well.

  22. January 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    My card died already too. :P I did face the slowdown of the fan as well, that was before the demise of the card.

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