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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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP]
- Page 16 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]
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