Sparkle GeForce 9500GT 1GB
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 8 November 2008. Page 2 of 6. 10 Comments

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The graphics cards using NVIDIA's GeForce 9500GT are generally sub-$100 retail products and some of them go as low as $50 USD. With these being low-end graphics cards, they go without any elaborate cooling solutions or any extras. As the 9500GT is a low-power graphics processor, an active heatsink isn't needed. Some of the 9500GT models manufactured by Sparkle Computer and other partners simply use a passive cooler. With the Sparkle 9500GT we have our hands on, there is a small aluminum cooler with a moderately sized fan. On top of the cooler is just a plastic facade for the aesthetics. This active cooler dissipates heat from both the GPU and the DDR2 video memory. This graphics card has 1024MB of 128-bit DDR2 memory.

The heatsink doesn't cover the entire PCB, but around it is additional power circuitry, the two-pin fan header, and the HDMI pass-through audio header. Due to the lower power requirements of this graphics card, no external PCI Express power connector is required. This graphics card does support NVIDIA's SLI technology, but no internal bridge is needed. On the opposite side of the graphics card's PCB is prominently just the four screws that hold the aluminum heatsink in place. The DDR2 video memory is all located on the main side of the graphics card so there really isn't much else to note here.

With this GeForce 9500GT graphics card, Sparkle decided to go with one DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connector. With low-power graphics cards being commonly used in HTPC / media PCs, having the DisplayPort and HDMI connectors are certainly welcome. Included with the graphics card is a DVI to VGA adapter should you still be using an old analog interface.


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