|One cannot have enough tests with unreleased hardware but after the last batch those lucky enough to have GeForce 9600 GT samples had to go bigger, in this case this meaning to get SLI working and benchmark the setup.
This latest preview test from Chiphell sees two regular G94-powered GeForce 9600 GTs (64 Stream Processors, 512MB GDDR3, 650 MHz core, 1650 MHz shaders, 1800 MHz memory) being coupled with a system consisting of a E6850 at 3.0 GHz, a nForce 680i SLI board, 2GB of DDR2-800 memory plus Windows Vista and the infamous ForceWare 171.16 beta driver and benchmarked with Futuremark's 3DMark03, 05 and 06.
A single 9600 GT scored 10036 points in 3DMark06 (default benchmark) while the SLI setup topped 13080, over 900 points over the results of an 8800 Ultra - 12142. In 3DMark05 at 1280x1024 the 9600 GT SLI setup reached 18427 (16141 for the single card) while in 3DMark03 the pair scored just short of 45000.
More tests results with the single GeForce 9600 GT can be viewed here and they confirm the potential of the upcoming mainstream card. We just have to wait until the end of February to get it.