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The 9500 GT and its G96 graphics processor is fundamentally just a respin of the 8600 GT and its G84 graphics processor.

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can be passively cooled

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cooler, quieter and more powerful than earlier budget cards from Nvidia

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can be used for GPGPU computing

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simply a die shrink of earlier cards

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not a great price:performance ratio compared to cards like the 4670

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The 9500 GT and its G96 graphics processor is fundamentally just a respin of the 8600 GT and its G84 graphics processor. The G96 retains its 32 shader processors, 8 ROPs, and 16 TMUs. The G96 is manufactured using 65 nanometer (nm) technology, and allows for cheaper mass production than the 80 nanometer G84 graphics processor. As a result of the die shrink, power consumption and heat output were reduced, and the scalability (for the most part) increased.

The 9500 GT is DirectX 10 compliant and is offered as a "budget mainstream" graphics card, offering decent performance for its intended audience.  The 32 shader processors are CUDA complient and as such makes the 9500 GT suitable for many forms of "GPGPU" computing. G96 also offers onboard PureVideo HD video decoding and can offload 100% of H.264 video decoding from the CPU, resulting in reduced power consumption. Though not standard on all 9500 GT models, the G96 supports native HDMI and Display Port interfaces and is HDCP compliant.

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