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Inno3D GeForce 9600 GT iChiLL Hurricane Review - Page 1 of 8

INTRODUCTION

Today we are taking a look at Inno3D's GeForce 9600 GT Hurricane, which is based on their iChiLL Series of graphics cards. This particular model features a custom cooling solution from ZEROtherm. What makes this product unique is that the cooling system, which consists of a heatsink, fan, and shroud, is separate from the graphics card and must be installed by the owner. The cooling system supports three types of configurations - overclocking, standard, and silent.

Inno3D GeForce 9600 GT iChiLL Hurricane
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Although NVIDIA's GeForce 9 Series only consists of four Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) at this time, the GeForce 9600 GT has turned out to be popular with mainstream gamers due to its price, features, and performance. The GeForce 9600 GT also happens to be NVIDIA's first mainstream GPU that debuted with the wider 256-bit memory bus, which is a key factor in 3D graphics performance.

ACCESSORIES

Accessories bundled with the graphics card and cooling system include HDTV and S-Video connectors, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a 6-pin PCI-E power adapter, four knurling screws, four knurling nuts, a tube of thermal paste, a driver CD, and a retail copy of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 on DVD.

Packaging
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SPECIFICATIONS

The reference specifications of NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GT consist of a core clock speed of 650MHz, a shader clock speed of 1,625MHz, and memory clocked at 900MHz or 1,800MHz effective. The GPU has 64 stream processors that interface with 512MB of GDDR3 memory across a 256-bit memory bus.

Based on the GPU-Z report, we find that the core and memory on Inno3D's GeForce 9600 GT iChiLL Hurricane are moderately overclocked at 720MHz and 970MHz respectively. Although the shader clock is set at the default of 1,625MHz, we were able to overclock it to 1,835MHz.

GPU-Z Report - Inno3D GeForce 9600 GT

In fact, when tested as part of a mixed-vendor SLI configuration, we were able to also overclock the core and memory speeds to match the EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC, whose specifications appear below.

GPU-Z Report - EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC

Next Page: Assembly and Cooling Test Results

Last Updated on May 21, 2008


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