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02-16-08, 02:32 PM
I just bought a new BFG 9600 GT at Best Buy today. I was surprised to see it on a store shelf! I had an 8600 GT in one of my systems and replaced it with the 9600 GT. I had to use the drivers on the disk since the Nvidia website doesn't have 9-series drivers. Also, I DID NOT connect the card to my power supply via the PCI-e connector. I don't have one in this computer, but I thought I'd try it anyway. So far, everything works great. The 9600 GT SMOKES the 8600 GT and probably rivals the 8800 GT to some extent. I'm running some standard benchmarks now, but the games I've run are much faster on the 9600 GT, which is to be expected. The only downside is I had to pay $229 for the card, but I do have a voucher to get 12% off at Best Buy is the card turns out O.K. I know I could get an 8800 GT for a little more, but without a PCI-e connector, I didn't want to push my luck.

The card itself looks like an 8800 GT but seems to be slightly shorter. For $229, it's probably not a "best" buy, but it would be great if you could get one for $149. I'm sure the price will come down, but there don't seem to be a lot of cards out there yet!

02-16-08, 02:43 PM
I had no idea they were due out. A bit pricey but i'm sure the price will drop.

02-16-08, 04:28 PM
Yeah, I saw in another forum by a BB employee who said they had them in stock

I checked mine just bec. I was curious(already have 8800GT) and there were none :(

Also...plug your card in with the provided 2-molex adapter

Heck, if the 8800gt isn't plugged in it beeps loud as f***

02-16-08, 05:13 PM
mind uploading the drivers for us?

02-17-08, 12:32 AM
weird. I thought they weren't due out til next month at the earliest. I might get one of these instead of an 8800 BUT no way would I pay that much. What do you mean you couldn't get an 8800 because you don't have a pcie connector? You mean an extra power cable?

trivium nate
02-17-08, 01:13 AM
Want to take some pics?

02-17-08, 02:56 AM
Want to take some pics?

02-17-08, 11:54 AM
I've seen a few benchmarks. It does not beat the 8800 GT in any that I saw. Whats suppose to be the best 9 series coming out? (Haven't been following the 9 series at all)

02-17-08, 02:20 PM
The 9800 GTX should be out in the March/April timeframe. Their will also be a GeForce 9800 X2 which will have two 9800 GTX GPUs on the board. That will be Nvidia's enthusiast part for a while. The 9-series is NOT a new architecture but is based on the 8-series architecture. Of course, it has been refined. I'm not aware if it supports DX 10.1, if that is important to some gamers out there. The 9600 GT is NO SLOUCH as a gaming card. It falls somewhere between the performance of a GeForce 8800 GS and a GeForce 8800 GT. It completely humiliates the 8600 GT and GTS. If the card goes down to about $179, it would be a great buy. Even mid-range 9-series cards look to be very good performers for the money.

02-17-08, 02:22 PM
Even though I do not have my 9600 GT connected to my power supply, I've heard NO BEEPS or received no Nvidia messages in Vista. The benchmarks have all been working fine as well as my games. I'll post some benchmarks later. If you have a good power supply, you may not need a PCI-e power connector with the 9600 GT. I'm hoping my card will still run great.

You can hear the fan on the card, but it is not loud even during gaming.

02-17-08, 03:44 PM
Do you have a PCI-E 2.0 motherboard? they can do 150watts opposed to 75 in 1.0 so the connection is optional in some cases (and maybe by default for the card)

02-17-08, 04:00 PM
I have PCI-Express 1.0A. I don't know if that is helping the card or not. It seems to run all games fine. I'll be trying a marathon session to see how it holds up.

02-17-08, 04:24 PM
Pics & some 3DMark06/Crysis numbers if possible.

02-18-08, 02:58 AM

02-18-08, 03:29 AM
my old 6800 would not work without the extra power, same with the dead 7950gtx, and also 8800gt. I would guess 9600gt is the same as long gone is the days of FX series with a low power profile if extra power was not connected, and on that card it made a worlds difference in performance.
New cards _need_ power to perform. So you should really test it out with power cable connected to it.

Didnt it come with a two molex to 6pin pci-e connector ?

02-18-08, 08:33 AM

02-18-08, 08:56 AM

+1. This thread reeks of lies and deception.

02-18-08, 10:17 AM
to the OP:

did you not get a molex to 6 pin adapter with your 9600GT? "all" cards come with them.

i highly suggest you plug that card into a molex via 6 pin adapter asap!

02-18-08, 10:19 AM
+1. This thread reeks of lies and deception. he could be legit. i heard others talk about seeing 9600's at Best Buy on other forums ...

02-18-08, 12:26 PM
to the OP:

did you not get a molex to 6 pin adapter with your 9600GT? "all" cards come with them.

That's not entirely true. My 8800GTX did not some with any molex to PCIE adapters. So not "all" cards include the adapters. I believe that XFX is the only manufacturer to not include the adapters though.

Though I do agree that the O.P. reeks of the (bs)

02-18-08, 12:47 PM
Guys, this is NOT B.S. I actually have the card in one of my systems, and it works WITHOUT the 6-pin PCI-E adaptor. I have a SATA drive on this computer with only one available SATA connector. I do not have any molex connectors at all, so I can't use the adapter. The card has been working fine without the extra juice. I have two drives in the computer with one a BluRay drive. The movies all work fine. I did have one BluRay freeze but that was because of the disk. Crysis, COD4, Tomb Raider: Legend all work great. I played for an hour and a half yesterday with no lockups or problems.

This could be good news for a lot of people who don't have a PCI-E power connector in their computers. If you have PCI-E 2.0, you're probably going to be O.K. I only have PCI-E 1.0A, and it seems to be good enough. If the card wasn't getting enough juice, I'm sure I would get lockups or crashes with error messages from Nvidia.

If you don't think this is legit, go to your local Best Buy and see if they have the 9600 GT on the shelf. There are two stores here in South Florida I've been in that have it, but it's not as yet on the BB website. Once you see the card, you'll think, "That guy was telling the TRUTH!!!"

The 9600 GT is definitely a bit slower than the 8800 GT, but not by as much as people may think. It's limited to 64 stream processors, but the thing still screams. It can even BEAT an older 8800 GTS 640 MB in many cases. I know because I still have that card in one of my systems, and the 9600 GT IS FASTER!!! Not bad for a mid-range 9-series card. If only the 8600 GT were half as good!!!!

02-18-08, 12:52 PM

Methinks the OP is truthful.

02-18-08, 01:05 PM
I can confirm as well.. I work at a Best Buy in Ohio and there was a 9600 on our shelf.

Im still getting a 8800 GT OC though,well 2 of them.

02-18-08, 01:11 PM
the 9 series are 10.1 dx ? yes or no

02-18-08, 02:24 PM