MSI 9600GT Hybrid Freezer

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance

With something as fragile as a graphics card, MSI certainly didn't skimp on packaging. The box was easily big enough to fit two or three of the cards inside, but instead was packed out with a styrofoam slab. Suffice to say, the card came through in perfect condition.

MSI 9600gt Hybrid Cooler Packaging MSI 9600gt Hybrid Cooler Packaging

As you can see, MSI have chosen to use an image of the cooler on the front of the box. On the right hand side we have a few key features, such as 'Complete Silence' and 'Total Performance'. Around the back we have a more in depth specification with a picture of the card itself.
 
MSI 9600gt Hybrid Cooler Packaging MSI Hybrid Cooler Internal Packaging

Unfortunately due the the glossy white finish, coupled with the reflective plastic the 9600gt was incredibly hard to photograph. On the left hand side we have the inner box, with the card contained at the top and all the accessories below. The card itself is nestled into a thick piece of styrofoam (right) which protects it very well.
 
MSI 9600gt Hybrid Cooler MSI 9600gt Hybrid Cooler

The card itself is no longer than a standard card, and is shorter than a standard ATX motherboard, meaning it should fit into most cases. The cooler is fairly large, taking up two pci slots, which shouldn't really be a problem unless you run SLI. The card only needs a 6-pin power connector, suggesting it's not particularly power hungry and it should also be compatible with older PSU's.
 
MSI Hybrid Cooler Front MSI Hybrid Cooler Side

At the back we have the usual array of outputs, with two dual link DVI and an S-Video/composite out. The insides of the dual link DVI's have also been coloured blue, which is a nice effect but it would have been nicer if they were the same colour as the PCB. The cooler has four snaking heat pipes which conduct heat away from the core to various places along the cooler. 
 
MSI 9600gt Hybrid Cooler Bundle

MSI included a fairly rounded bundle, which included: 6-pin PCI-e Adapter, DVI to D-Sub adaptor, Component adaptor lead, S-PDIF connector, Manual, Quick start guide, HDMI dongle and S-video lead. Now that that's out of the way, how does the cooler perform..


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15-03-2009, 10:43:53

Luigi
'Unlike most after market coolers which are made by Zalman or Thermaltake, MSI have decided to make their own. We find out if it really is cool or just a load of hot air.'

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...110238234s.jpg

Read the full review here.

15-03-2009, 10:55:58

Diablo
145....what?!?! You could get two stock 9600GTs for that money and sli them. Nice review guys but shame about the result.

At least you were honest about it, nice to see that you don't just give reccomending reviews.

15-03-2009, 11:04:45

monkey7
Nice review, indeed a shame about the card itself. Just an adjusting fan would be nice, 0% at <50*C and then slowly revving up instead of just kicking in with 100% at 85*C.

15-03-2009, 11:09:14

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Nice review, indeed a shame about the card itself. Just an adjusting fan would be nice, 0% at <50*C and then slowly revving up instead of just kicking in with 100% at 85*C.
yeah, that's what I would much rather see, so that you can still have passive cooling when you aren't running anything demanding.

15-03-2009, 12:29:49

zak4994
Bit late isn't it?

Red PCB with blue cooler?

Not cool dude.

15-03-2009, 14:34:52

BloomerzUK
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
Bit late isn't it?

Red PCB with blue cooler?

Not cool dude.
No pun intender ?

15-03-2009, 23:22:59

Rastalovich
Good review, decent card, strange release for the price comparison just with it's own counterparts.

16-03-2009, 14:48:47

GavX
Teah Saphires 1024Mb HD4870 with fancy cooler is 165 at some places, or save 20 and get this... wonder what one people will pick

I saw this and just thought it was a really old review somehow on the front page, sadly not the case, I doubt this will shift many boxes

21-03-2009, 01:10:56

pafk0o
Big lol the price , considering that soon you will get OcUK Value GeForce GTX 260 for 156(if you dont belive check link below) , this card is a big joke.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-114-OK&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=927
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