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9500GT & 9600GT on a Diet

Unfortunately we don’t have the retail package for the Albatron GeForce 9500GT x1, but we have a rough idea of what you’ll get in the box:

  • DVI-to-HDMI adapter
  • Low-profile bracket
  • Standard-height bracket
  • Secondary low-profile bracket for VGA.

The card itself is a pretty simple affair. A simple black heatsink covers close to two-thirds of the PCB, and is cooled by a 50mm fan.

The card features one dual-link DVI output and TV-Out. The VGA output is connected via a detachable ribbon cable.

The picture above shows the card in a standard-height configuration, but surely you didn’t buy this card only to use it in a full-sized setup? After some quick bracket changing, we finally got the Albatron GeForce 9500GT x1 as it was meant to be used.

In addition to a low-profile bracket, Albatron also threw in a secondary bracket for the VGA output, just in case you need that. Use of this is contingent upon your casing having an adjacent slot free, though.

The heatsink is secured by two spring loaded screws. Since the purpose of this card is hardly all-out performance, the choice of GDDR3 rather than cheaper DDR2
is quite unusual. And even then Albatron only included a measly 256MB…weird. Anyway, we’ve yet to see performance numbers so we’ll reserve judgment for later.

Here’s the card compared to a standard height GeForce 9500GT from Inno3D. Albatron has managed to keep the card the same length as the reference 9500GT – well done there.

The PCI-Express interface on the card is version 2.0, but most motherboards’ x1 slots are compliant only to version 1.1, which means you can’t take advantage of 2.0’s doubled bandwidth. If the card is being starved by an x1 link, going to 2.0 can make a big difference.

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