The GeForce 9600 GSO is hard to find for sale right now, but is bound to gain quickly in popularity once it is available.  The replacement to the GS line of cards, it uses SM4 but it’s memory is shaved down to 384MB GDDR3, clocked to 1600MHz with the core clocked at 550 MHz.  It will sell for under $100 once it is fully stocked and offers performance that in certain cases meets or beats the HD 3850.  If you have a limited budget and a screen that tops out at 1280×1024, let the Guru of 3D show you a card you are going to want.

“NVIDIA replaced the GeForce 8800 GS with the GeForce 9600 GSO. The 9600 GSO is still based on the same G92 core with 96 stream processors that the 8800 GS has, but NVIDIA gave card makers a bit more freedom in their designs in terms of own PCB design to and determine their own clocks. This ‘old’ card will still have 384 MB of GDDR3 memory over a weird 192-bit memory interface. Cards like these will sell for less than 99 Euro, and considering the performance you get returned for that, you’ll love it.”

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