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Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro Video Card Review - Features Continued

Not everyone is in the position to be able to go out and spend $500 on the latest high-end graphics card based on chips from ATI or nVidia. For this very reason ATI created the Radeon 9600 Pro, the upgrade from the Radeon 9500 Pro, which offers respectable performance at an affordable price. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at the Radeon 9600 Pro in the form of the Tachyon G9600 Pro from Tyan. Does it have enough horse-power to run today's latest games? Read on and find out!

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 27, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Tyan

Features of the Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro Continued

 

Memory, Type and Location

 

 

The Tyan Tachyon 9600 Pro is equipped with 128MB of DDR SDRAM memory running at 600MHz standard.

 

Tyan uses eight Hynix 3.6ns TinyBGA memory modules. These modules, while somewhat slow compared to many other cards running the same speed, have proven to hit upwards of 700MHz DDR. Four Modules are located on the VPU side, being cooled by the heatsink and fan that provides cooling for the VPU itself. The remaining four modules are located on the back of the card make up the extra 64MB needed to reach 128MB. These modules are cooled by a passive heatsink unit to allow for effective memory cooling for both standard use and overclocking purposes.

 


AGP 4x, 8x Only

 

 

This is the first I have seen for a video card. Tyan has somewhat limited its field of end users with this card. The AGP connector slot is no longer universal (for use on AGP 2x boards) but fully 4x or 8x only. While the VPU supports 2x AGP operations, the connector prevents you installing this card into any AGP 2x boards. So if you have an old BX chipset board, this card won't fit into the slot.

 


Overclocking

 

While the ATI Radeon 9500 wasn't known for it's overclocking, and some 9600's for that matter as well, Tyan has put together a great overclocker.

 

First off is the core where we used Rivatuner to overclock our card to a core speed of 501MHz and a memory speed of 685MHz. When pushing any faster we started to receive graphic artifacts, in all a great overclock for such a modest, budget orientated card.

 

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