Up for review today is MSI's N9600GT OC, based on NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GT. The N9600GT T2D512 OC comes with 512MB DDR3 RAM, enhanced clocks, and specialized cooling. There is a full array of NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GTs available now with several like the N9600GT OC having received performance enhanced tweaks such as increasing core, shader, and memory clock speeds. However, MSI has gone one better and provided increased cooling for the GPU at the expense of taking over an additional case slot. This is nothing new now and we have become acclimated to losing a slot for the sake of performance in many instances.
Whether or not this is acceptable depends on the performance gained over the standard 9600 GT, not to mention the competition's solutions in the high performance realm for mid-stream video cards. The MSI N9600GT T2D512 OC graphics card uses a slightly overclocked GeForce 9600GT (G94) GPU at 700MHz (650MHz default). The 512MB of DDR3 RAM is clocked at 950MHz (900MHz default) and the shader clock is at 1680MHz (1625MHz default).