PNY Verto GeForce 9600GT Graphics Card

If you find yourself wanting a 9600GT without spending too much, the PNY Verto just might be the card of choice.
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Published Sat, May 24 2008 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Sep 18 2020 10:50 PM CDT
Rating: 87%Manufacturer: PNY

Introduction





PNY, while very big in the US don't seem to be all that known in the land down under. With a pretty big range of products that venture from NVIDIA graphics cards to overclocked memory, there is a bit of something for everyone.

Today we will be looking at a 9600GT from PNY which comes in under the Verto naming scheme. While this might sound like some form of OC series, it isn't. Verto is simply what PNY choose to call their graphics card line-up.

While we've looked at the PNY line of memory before, we haven't seen a graphics card from them. Let's take the time to see what they've done with the package and the card before we get stuck in to the results. After that's done we'll wrap it up and see if PNY can battle in Australia with the other big brands.

The Package




There isn't a whole lot to the box when you look at it. We can see the brand across the top left and the top right corner makes mention that the card is of course PCI Express x16 based.



The middle makes note that the card is part of the Verto series, and across the bottom we have the model along with mention that the card comes with 512MB of GDDR3 memory.



Turning the box over, we have the normal NVIDIA blurb that we are used to seeing. We have a bit of information on SLI and what's needed to get it up and running along with some of the benefits the 9600GT offers over past cards.

We can also see a link to the PNY XLR8 gaming website along with some details about the warranty and the normal model information on a sticker.



Inside the box, the cable department is pretty standard with an S-Video cable, Component out Dongle, Molex to PCI Express and two DVI to VGA connectors.



In the paper department we have a quick start guide along with a bit of a blurb on XLR8. Also included in the package is an installation CD.

The Card




Pulling the card out of the box we can see a standard looking cooler that covers almost the whole card. While the cooler might look standard, it isn't.



It still carries the same one-slot profile, but we have a smaller fan that sits on the left of the card as opposed to the right. The shape of the cooler is also slightly different to the standard cooler.





As you would expect, the card doesn't hold any surprises. Looking around, we have a single PCI Express power connector located at the back of the card while at the top we have a single SLI connector if you want to put two of these cards together.



The I/O side of things also doesn't hold any surprises with two Dual Link DVI connectors and a single TV-Out port.


Specifications

As far as specs go, the card carries with it the default 650MHz core, 1625MHz shader clock and 1800MHz DDR memory clock on the 512MB of GDDR3.

Test System Setup and 3DMark06


Test System Setup

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)
Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1
Drivers: Forceware 174.53


Being a standard model we will see how it goes against one of our higher overclocked cards.


3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here





3DMark06 is the very latest version of the "Gamers Benchmark" from FutureMark. The newest version of 3DMark expands on the tests in 3DMark05 by adding graphical effects using Shader Model 3.0 and HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) which will push even the best DX9 graphics cards to the extremes.

3DMark06 also focuses on not just the GPU but the CPU using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library to effectively test single and Dual Core processors.




In our first benchmark we see nothing out of the ordinary with the PNY offering lining up with the stock Albatron one.

Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea


PT Boats: Knights of the Sea

Version and / or Patch Used: Benchmark Demo
Developer Homepage: http://en.akella.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.pt-boats.net/





PT Boats: Knights of the Sea is a naval action simulator that places gamers in charge of a mosquito fleet of the Allied Forces, Russia or Germany during the height of World War II.

Using the latest Direct X 10 technology PT Boards - Knights of the Sea manages to apply a lot of stress to the components of today which in turn gives us quite an intensive benchmark.






We again see the reference cards score close together, as you would expect.

Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10


CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net




CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).




We can see under CINEBENCH the stock clocked cards actually perform slightly better than the overclocked offering.

Benchmarks - World in Conflict


World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com





World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a "what if" scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.






Moving to WIC we can see the performance between the two stock cards are very similar with the OC one getting a little jump.

Benchmarks - Crysis


Crysis

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used: Custom time demo
Developer Homepage: http://www.crytek.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.ea.com/crysis/
Buy It Here





From the makers of Far Cry, Crysis offers FPS fans the best-looking, most highly-evolving gameplay, requiring the player to use adaptive tactics and total customization of weapons and armor to survive in dynamic, hostile environments including Zero-G.

Real time editing, bump mapping, dynamic lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features the CryENGINE 2 offers. The CryENGINE 2 comes complete with all of its internal tools and also includes the CryENGINE 2 Sandbox world editing system.




Checking out the intensive Crysis we can see that the overclock gives us a little bump, but on a whole all the cards sit quite close together.

Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3


Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here





Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.




We continue to see the stock clocked offerings perform close to each other with the overclocked card showing some benefits at different resolutions.

Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF


High Quality AA and AF

Our high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards weren't struggling before they will start to now.


3DMark06



Upping the detail, we see the overclocked card gives us about a 4% increase in performance while our stock offerings sit within a few marks of each other.


World In Conflict





We continue to see what we've seen all along with the stock cards performing close to each other and the overclocked offering coming out slightly ahead.

Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP


3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here





3DMark06 is the very latest version of the "Gamers Benchmark" from FutureMark. The newest version of 3DMark expands on the tests in 3DMark05 by adding graphical effects using Shader Model 3.0 and HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) which will push even the best DX9 graphics cards to the extremes.

3DMark06 also focuses on not just the GPU but the CPU using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library to effectively test single and Dual Core processors.




Moving to XP we see the Albatron and PNY continue to score quite close to each other. The VViKOO gets a slight lead thanks to its increased core and memory.

Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP


CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net




CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).




Under XP we can see that all the cards score quite close together. In Vista the stock clocked offerings actually outperformed the overclocked card.

Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP


World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com




World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a "what if" scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.





WIC continues to see the Albatron and PNY score very close together while the VViKOO and its 700MHz core and 2000MHz memory come out slightly ahead.

Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP


Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here





Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.




Finally we see what we've seen all along with the PNY and Albatron being neck and neck and the overclocked VViKOO getting a small performance boost thanks to the overclock.

Temperature and Sound Tests


Temperature Tests



With the TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer literally in hand we found ourselves getting real-world temperatures from the products we test at load (3D clock speeds).

There are two places we pull temperature from - the back of the card directly behind the core and if the card is dual slot and has an exhaust point we also pull a temperate from there, as seen in the picture.




The smaller fan doesn't seem to do any worse with temperatures when compared to the larger stock fan on the Albatron.


Sound Tests



Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).




Noise levels are also very standard which is a good thing as smaller fans tend to be louder usually.

Power Consumption Tests






Using our new PROVA Power Analyzer WM-01 or "Power Thingy" as it has become quickly known as to our readers, we are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into AC wall socket).

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many cooling fans.

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.




As you would expect, power figures between the cards are very similar.

Final Thoughts




The PNY Verto 9600GT isn't exactly a stand-out card when it comes to performance or the bundle. It really is just a standard 9600GT with a slightly different cooler that runs extremely well. There isn't a whole lot to the formula that PNY uses, but what it does is give us a card with three year warranty for an excellent price.

There is no denying that this kind of card isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for something that is cheap and reliable then the 9600GT from PNY is a good option. The biggest gripe with the card is that as far as we can tell, in the US you can get a version for a few dollars more that comes with a copy of Frontlines: Fuel the War; a new game that has only been released recently.

9600GT stock performance is good and there really is nothing stopping you from overclocking yourself. So if you're after a cheap 9600GT with HDMI convertors and full version games not being a requisite, the PNY is an attractive purchase. If you're looking for something a little faster out of the box and wanting to spend a little bit more money, you might be more interested in something like the Palit 9600 GT Sonic.

This card from PNY however is a great option for people who want to SLI on the cheap. Adding two of these together really does yield a good performance increase that will keep most gamers happy for a while to come.

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