G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days.  The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements.  As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well.  It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT’s performance. 

There is a serious negative against this launch though … you can pick up a Gigabyte 8800GT for $199 at NewEgg right now.  EVGA’s overclocked 9600GT is only $10 less at $189, or a plain Gigabyte card will run you $179.  That extra $20 will buy you a fair amount of performance.

You should also check out Ryan’s review, he covers a wider gamut of games in his benchmarks as well as a look at the power consumption.

“The new GeForce 9600 GT is poised to deliver high performance for under $200. We take the new BFGTech GeForce 9600 GT OC for a spin in Crysis, COD 4, and UT3 to test its mettle. Is your hard earned cash better spent on a Radeon HD 3850, Radeon HD 3870, or GeForce 8800 GT.”

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