With the package out the way, it's time to move onto the card which doesn't look like anything too special. Leadtek have quite a large cooler on the card. Fortunately, it does only take up a single slot which again isn't really a surprise for a low-end card.
What's interesting is just how mean the card is. Cards in the x500 GT naming scheme tend to look quite small and use really boring coolers, but this card doesn't look bad considering how low-end it is.
Like most low-end cards, we don't have any need for external power so all we have that stands out on the PCB is a single SLI connector located in the standard position across the top of the card.
It's interesting to see the card carry with it two Dual Link DVI connectors instead of a single one and a VGA port. Apart from the two DVI connectors, we also have a single TV-Out port.
The 9500 GT is far from a power house and the specifications really paint that picture. While initially based on a 65nm design, NVIDIA will make the jump to 55nm at a later date. We have 314 million transistors, 32 stream processors, 8 ROPs and 16 texture filters.
The core comes in at 550MHz, the shader 1400MHz and the 512MB of GDDR3 memory at 1600MHz DDR on a 128-bit memory bus. 256MB and GDDR2 offerings are available so make sure you keep an eye out as to which type you're getting.
It should be mentioned here that there is an updated PhysX driver due to be released on August 5th which will bring full support for the 9500 GT as well as all other GeForce 8 and GeForce 9 series cards.
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