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ZOTAC GeForce 9500 GT ZONE Edition Graphics Card

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 4, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

Final Thoughts

 

The ZOTAC 9500 GT ZONE Edition is a great card for people wanting to stick something in their home theater PC that isn't going to make a single dB of noise. The HDMI adapter, while not as attractive as a native port is still extremely handy and the included cable to get sound through the convertor is also extremely handy.

 

Performance is as you would expect; it's not great, but it's cheap. Since you're really not going to get any more performance out of the card bar a bit of overclocking, companies have to do other things to make it stand out from the competition.

 

The good news is we think that ZOTAC have managed to do this by not only including the necessary convertors to make it a good HTPC card, but also by strapping a cooler on it that doesn't make any noise. The good news is adding the silent cooler doesn't turn around and give us unreasonable temperatures. At load we're at just over 50c which is fine and this is excellent news when installing the card into a HTPC.

 

All in all, ZOTAC have done a pretty good job with the 9500 GT. There's really only so much you can do with a low-end card and we think that ZOTAC have done the right things to make it stand out from the competition. A native HDMI port would have been perfect, but the route they've gone is almost just as good.

 

This card is going to be more attractive to some people over the Point of View which offered a native HDMI port, for the simple reason that you've got a silent cooler attached to it.

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