Palit GeForce 9600 GSO Sonic with Gentoo
Chances are that most of our readers have never heard of Palit, therefor believing it to be a new company. Contrary to that thought, Palit is the second largest graphics manufacturer in the world. Palit controls about 40% of the market in Europe, and 60% in China, having only recently come to the United States. Palit has built its reputation by building relationships with its customers and manufacturing superior products by improving references designs from both AMD and nVidia.
Palit recently sent us the GeForce 9600GSO Sonic, which is an enhanced GeForce 9600GSO. Palit has added its own cooler, as well as factory overclocked the unit, and improved upon the power phases. The 9600 GSO is nVidia's latest foray in the mid-level 9000 series of GeForce cards, and is also the cheapest for a performance card. Despite the price point, the 9600 GSO should be a fair competitor to both the GeForce 9600 GT and Radeon HD3650.
I'll be using the same system I've used in previous videocard reviews, and the system will be running both Windows Vista Business 64-bit with Service Pack 1 and Gentoo Linux 2008.0 64-bit. I'll look at some of the latest games in Windows, and look at a few similar benchmarks in Linux including results from the Phoronix Test Suite.