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XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition - The Card

Who let the dogs out? We check out the XXX Alpha Dog 9600GT from XFX and see if its bark's worse than its bite.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: XFX

The Card

 

Upon pulling the card out of the box we're taken back to the older smaller cooler that we saw on some of the 7600GT cards two generations back. The good news however is that if you look carefully, you can see that it's a copper base meaning it has had a bit of an upgrade.

 

 

The biggest problem with the smaller coolers is that they tend not to cool as well and the smaller fan used normally spins faster which means it's louder. Hopefully we don't run into this problem though.

 

 

 

While we do have the standard PCI Express power connector at the back of the card and the single SLI connector at the top, we also have a metal strip that goes across the top of the card. What this does is prevent the card from bending and is supposed to make sure that nothing happens to the SLI connector. While this is all good and well, we've got to say that the bracket just makes the card look cool, if not anything else.

 

 

Moving to the I/O side of things; while there isn't anything out of the ordinary with our two Dual Link DVI connectors and single TV-Out port, the overall green and black theme that is going on does make it again stand out when compared to the competition.

 

Specifications

 

As far as specifications go, XFX mean some serious business with a 740MHz core clock which equates to a whopping 1750MHz Shader clock. Don't worry though, XFX hasn't stopped there and have chosen to increase the 512MB of GDDR3 memory to 2000MHz DDR.

 

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