MSI 9600GT Hybrid Freezer

Gaming Performance & Conclusion

Gaming Performance

With the biggest difference between this card and standard 9600GT's being the 1GB of ram, we were keen to see how well the 9600gt handled larger resolutions. The 1GB should mean there is less of a memory bottleneck when using higher resolutions. Testing was run at 1280x1024 (a fairly standard resolution) and 1920x1080 (HD TV) as this would give a good indication as to how well the card handles resolution scaling. 1920x1080 was chosen as it is the resolution used by most high end HD TV's, and as this card appears to be aimed at media centre users, it makes sense to test that resolution.


 

 
As you can see, the card handled the higher resolution fairly well, and maintained a playable average frame rate in both test games. We tested Crysis with most settings on medium and COD4 with most settings on high and 4xAA. It is fairly clear that the 9600gt provides enough gaming grunt to game at an HD TV's native resolution without sacrificing too much on visuals. So, how does the card stack up?


Conclusion

We've got mixed feelings with the MSI review, and we feel a little unsure of who the cooler is aimed toward. At first we thought it was aimed at performance junkies looking for lower temperatures and big overclocks without the noise of a fan all the time. However, once we began to test for higher clocks, it was obvious this was not the case.

Therefore the best use for the Hybrid cooler would be in Media Centre PC's and computers that are primarily for 2D applications. For HTPC's, it seems a great idea; you can enjoy silence whilst watching films, surfing the web and watching digital TV, but still have enough horsepower for the occasional frag fest.

Overall, the Hybrid Freeze is rather dissapointing. If you are part of a minority that finds all graphics cards apart from passive ones too loud, but also enjoy gaming, then this may be for you. If however, you're not part of this minority, then we'd struggle to recommend this product to you. Searching on the web, we could only find the card available from Lambatek, for a fairly ridiculous £145.22. Even if the pricing is bad on Lambateks part, £150 for such a card is totally ridiculous. Considering you can pick up a standard 9600GT for around £65, even if the MSI was around £100 it would be too much. 

The Good
+ Kept the card cool once the fan kicked in
+ Cooler looks fairly nice

The Mediocre
* Cooler doesn't allow for overclocking as it lets the core get rather hot
* With a bit of tweaking, it could work rather well

The Bad
- Fan is noisy
- High Price
- Did we mention the high price?



Overclock3D would like to thank MSI for supplying todays review sample. Discuss in our forums here.

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Most Recent Comments

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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