Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card

Left with a bad taste in his mouth after the last 9500 GT, Shane sees if the PoV version can offer anything different.
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Published Fri, Aug 29 2008 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:27 PM CDT
Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Point of View

Introduction


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card



I've never had the chance to look at a graphics card from Point of View before, but now is as good a time as any to start. When word came through that the first card the company would ever be sending to me would be the 9500 GT, I felt kind of sorry for them. Clearly they didn't read my original review of the 9500 GT from Leadtek.

I made my thoughts pretty clear on the card, offering half the performance of the 9600 GSO but not half the price. This absolutely killed any form of value for money the product offered. Apart from being cheap, there wasn't really much else the card could offer; even if you were extremely tight when it came to the money side of things, we recommended that you simply bite your lip for a few more weeks and save to buy something from the 9600 series.

It wasn't looking good for Point of View come review day, but like everyone, we give them a fair go and see what the card can do. Going in with low expectations is probably the best thing for the card, so let's check out the package and then move on to the actual card.

The Package




The front of the box is mainly taken up with a picture of a gremlin like creature; the top left corner has the Point of View logo while the right has some other logos including some from NVIDIA along with the HDMI one.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Across the bottom we see mention that this card is part of the 9 series line-up and we also have a sticker which lists the model and some of the main specs like PCI Express 2.0 and 512MB of GDDR3 memory.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Turning the box over, we have a bit of information on the main features of the card; we again have the PoV logo, some pictures showing what the card is capable of, the PoV website URL and some information on SLI.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Going inside the package, we have the standard manual, a product catalogue of some other products PoV do, information on how to setup the S/PDIF connector along with the driver CD we're so used to seeing.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Cable wise, we only have a DVI to VGA connector and a S/PDIF audio connector to round out the package.

The Card




Moving on to the card, we see we have an active cooler that sits straight on top of the card. The design isn't something we haven't seen before and the smaller size has us a bit wary about the sound it's going to make.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Being in the lower end area, we of course don't need a power connector to get the card up and running. If you feel like buying two for some reason, you can make use of the SLI connector located at the top of the card.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Moving to the I/O side of things, this is where we see a bit of excitement. Apart from the standard dual-link capable DVI connector and TV-Out port, we also have a single HDMI connector.

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 175.31


What we'll do today is check out the Point of View 9500 GT against the Leadtek one we looked at recently along with the more expensive 9600 GSO from ZOTAC.


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 worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


In our first test we can see that the POV 9500 GT performance is very similar to that of the Leadtek.

Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage


3DMark Vantage

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/
Buy It Here




3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.

3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Under Vantage we see the two cards also perform extremely close to each other.

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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Under PT Boats we can see that the POV card just comes out ahead at both resolutions.

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).


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


CINEBENCH puts both cards again very close to each other.

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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


WIC performance on the POV 9500 GT is slightly up compared to the Leadtek.

Benchmarks - Crysis


Crysis

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.1
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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Crysis performance is also slightly up when compared to the Leadtek card.

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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


UT3 doesn't really see much of a difference in the performance department.

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

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Turning on AA and AF under 3DMark06 puts both cards at an almost identical score.


World In Conflict

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Performance under WIC puts both cards exactly the same.

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 worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


3DMark06 under XP continues to put both cards very close together.

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).


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Under XP the CINEBENCH results for the POV 9500 GT were considerably higher than the Leadtek.

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.

Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


We again see under WIC a little speed increase for the POV 9500 GT when compared to the Leadtek.

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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Under UT3 we also see the POV offering coming out slightly faster than the Leadtek option.

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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


POVs 9600 GT manages to run slightly cooler than the Leadtek offering.


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).


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Noise levels are also significantly down on the cooler, which is excellent news.

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.


Point of View GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card


Power draw as you would expect between the two cards is very similar.

Final Thoughts




It wasn't looking good for Point of View when the sample arrived, but the bottom line is pulling the card out of the box and seeing that HDMI port brought a whole new perspective to the card.

The native HDMI port really gives us the ability to use the card in a HTPC. And the fact that it runs cooler than the Leadtek option while also being 10dBs quieter makes it an excellent choice for people.

Performance really isn't there; it's a little bit faster than the Leadtek option for the most part, but nothing to get excited about. The inclusion of the HDMI port also makes it a little easier to accept the cost of the card when compared to the 9600 GSO.

Sure it's not a speed demon, but it was never going to be. Point of View have made sure the card offers a bit more value for money, making it stand out from the competition. There isn't a whole lot more you could ask for when you look for a graphics card under the $100 mark.

While I would still personally recommend spending the extra money on a 9600 GSO or 9600 GT so that you could really do a bit of serious gaming, the bottom line is if you're looking for something that's cheap and is just going to put a good picture on your TV, then the POV 9500 GT is a hard card to pass up.

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