In The Box
In the box you can find a handful of generic accessories with the appreciated addition of some useful software.
- Radeon 9600 Dual-DVI 256MB
- S-Video Cord
- DVI to VGA converter
- PowerDVD 5, HIS 5-in-1 Games Collection, Arx Fatalis, 3D-Album, Driver CD
For those of you interesting in the bundled CD package, you will not be disappointed. The bundled Games Collection CD, by HIS, includes: Vietcong, Railroad Pioneer, Neighbours from Hell, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, and Aquanox 2: Revenge. The bundled PowerDVD 5 (retails $25.00 USD) continues to add to the product's overall value while taking no shine away from Micro Research's 3D-Album software.
The graphics card itself is very similar to the 9600 XT by HIS, sans the blue led-tipped cooler. It doesn't require a 12v input for additional power which can prove quite handy in those messy or component-cramped computers.
The 9600 Dual DVI is short, compact and retails without any serious silent cooling solutions installed.
It sports dual DVI connections as well as S-Video. For those also in the rare case of needing a VGA output in the future, you can always use HIS's included converter (thus completely defying the purpose of this card).
The 256MB of onboard RAM should help us greatly with the support of dual DVI monitors at high resolutions. However, we aren't expecting much on the gaming side (in terms of performance) when taking in the generic core and memory speeds.
As odd as it may sound, the card is quite pretty; sporting a chrome-like fan finishing, a dark-red printed circuit board and a thin profile. The lack of unneeded bottom copper cooling and memory heatsinks makes this card extremely ideal for mini-ITX and Small Form Factor (SFF) systems, unlike its bigger brother: 9600XT Turbo. The four onboard memory banks pack an impressive 256MB of RAM which should come quite handy in real-life operation.
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