The ASUS 9600GT doesn't ultimately stand out, but does offer a lot of little advantages. For starters, we find ourselves with a 3 year warranty on their card versus the 2 year warranty that a lot of other companies offer.
While the aftermarket cooler is a little louder than the reference cooler, it's not something that you would really notice and it does manage to give us roughly a 10% drop in temperature. Of course, this comes at the cost of the card being dual slot which isn't uncommon for most aftermarket coolers.
The package doesn't offer the normal ASUS goodies that we've come to expect with some of the higher end cards, but we do manage to get everything we need to get up and running along with the inclusion of a DVI to HDMI adapter which is nice.
If you're looking for a solid 9600GT and you don't mind going down the double slot route then the ASUS 9600GT is probably a card worth keeping an eye out for. If you feel like spending a little bit more money though, you can go down the TOP route and get yourself a pre-overclocked card out of the box.
With that said though, if you wanted to download something like Riva tuner you shouldn't have any trouble overclocking the card to the standard 700MHz core, 2000MHz DDR memory clock that we see on some of the higher clocked 9600GT cards like the VViKOO we saw today. You will probably find yourself getting between a 5%-10% increase in performance and if you had a bit of patience you could work at the clocks and find yourself getting even higher without much drama.