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Not quite as good as the November-December deals, but not bad. $50 after a $40 rebate at Frys.com. Plus Sales Tax and shipping, but eligible for in-store pickup (no shipping). This is the same deal as last month that expired on Feb. 16th. More shaders (96 vs 48), smaller memory interface (192-bit vs 256-bit), and slower core clock (550 MHz vs 650 MHz) than the recent (Newegg) EVGA 512 MB deal.

PNY GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB PCI-E
Fry's Link

Rebate Form
Valid for purchases from March 1 to March 16, 2009.

According to discussion in those previous deals, these are pretty close in performance to a full 9600 GT 512MB.
Toms Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart (December 2008)

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Product Specifications

BUS Technology: PCI Express 2.0
Memory Amount: 768MB DDR3
Memory Interface: 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec.): 38.4
Fill Rate (billion pixels/sec.): 26.4
Core Clock (MHz): 550MHz
Memory Frequency (effective): 1600MHz
Memory Clock: 800MHz
Shader Speed: 1375MHz
Stream Processors: 96

Key Features

NVIDIA® unified architecture with GigaThread™ technology
Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
NVIDIA SLI® -Ready1
16x full-screen anti-aliasing
True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
NVIDIA Quantum Effects™ physics processing technology
Two Dual-Link DVI outputs supporting dual 2560x1600 resolution displays
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology1
HDCP Capable2
PCI Express 2.0 support
OpenGL® 2.1 support
NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™
Outputs: DVI + DVI + HDTV
1 - NVIDIA SLI certified versions of GeForce PCI Express GPUs only.
2 - Supported video software is required to experience certain features.Go to www.nvidia.com for more details.

Minimum System Requirements

Intel or AMD compatible motherboard
At least 512MB system RAM
PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0 compliant motherboard with one x16 graphics slot
One 6-pin supplementary power connector
A minimum 400W or greater system power supply (with 12V current rating of 26A)
50 MB of available hard drive space
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor

Included in the box

NVIDIA GeForce 9600GSO OC 768MB PCIe Graphics Card
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD, which includes:
- Detailed installation guide
- NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
- Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
- NVIDIA GeForce Demos
- PNY and NVIDIA Desktop Wallpapers
1 DVI-to-VGA adapters
HDTV Break-Out Pod/Cable
Y” Adapter Power Cable

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Good deal. This is definitely a better card - and a true 9600GSO. The hacked down models with half the shaders just don't cut it, even with a wider memory interface. This is a good upgrade for an older computer, especially for $50. I'd be looking for an HD4850 for a newer computer, which can be found for about $100 now - and will double the speed of this 9600GSO in many instances. It all depends on what you are using it for -- but at least we've finally got to the point with video hardware that you get what you pay for.

would this make a good htpc card? I see in the description it says yes, but I was just wondering from experiance if this is an alright htpc card.

pdiggity said: Good deal. This is definitely a better card - and a true 9600GSO. The hacked down models with half the shaders just don't cut it, even with a wider memory interface. This is a good upgrade for an older computer, especially for $50.
If this is the referenced "old" 9600GSO, the core can hit 650 MHz easy with the memory at 1 GHz (1 ns).

You must have missed that Asus 4870 512 MB at $110 AR. Take a guess what Newegg is charging now.

RebateMonger said: This is the same deal as last month that expired on Feb. 16th. More shaders (96 vs 48), smaller memory interface (192-bit vs 256-bit), and slower core clock (550 MHz vs 650 MHz) than the recent (Newegg) EVGA 512 MB deal.
You mean, the video card in this deal last month is basically a different item?

Wow.



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