RADEON 9600 XT
The RADEON 9600 XT is a middle-range product made by 0.13-micron technology out of 70 million transistors. I took a RADEON 9600 XT card from PowerColor for my tests:
Memory chips are placed on the face as well as back side of the PCB, but only the face chips have some cooling:
It means that the RADEON 9600 XT doesn’t really need any cooling of the memory chips. The big cooler that covers the GPU as well as the memory chips is just a fashionable thing, adding solidity to the product.
The default frequencies of the card are 500/680MHz – the memory frequency turns to be higher than the standard 600MHz. Overclocking was rewarding as I got to 600/850MHz clock rates.
The power consumption characteristics:
More details are in the table:
Well, the RADEON 9600 XT loads the AGP slot well enough, but never gets close to the peak currents. The overall power consumption of the card is very small compared to the faster products. At overclocking, the power consumption grew by 11.1% in the Idle mode and by 6.8% in the Burn mode (the GPU and memory clock rates grew by 20% and 25%, respectively).