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SPARKLE SP95GT512D2L-HP GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-Bit DDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

  • 32 CUDA Cores
  • 512MB 128-Bit DDR2
  • PCI
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Patrick R.
  • 2/20/2011 3:34:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: 3D rendering, runs cool

Cons: none so far as you can't expect much for a PCI video card

Other Thoughts: Bought this for my linux box as it is a old server board running dual Xeon 3.2Ghz CPUs. The card does as well as expected and allows 3D rendering but being a PCI card I wouldn't expect great frame rates for gaming from this card.

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  • Lawrence I.
  • 8/12/2010 6:42:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for my purpose

Pros: Works great in a PCI slot. I have two of these cards in an XP system, and no major problems with them.

Cons: None. See Other thoughts...

Other Thoughts: I purchased these boards specifically to run Folding@Home on older P4 & P3 systems. The F@H GPU software doesn't support P3, so I put both in the P4 box. After almost 24/7 usage....one fan failed, and the other is going. Is there a replacement for the cooling fan that won't break the bank?

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  • Paul R.
  • 5/7/2010 2:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSP95GT512D2L-HP

Pros: Pictures on Newegg are correct. This one has the fan and is the size of a slot.

Cons: None, don't buy the one with passive cooling unless you want to lose a slot.

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  • Ken B.
  • 3/30/2010 8:54:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCould have been good if I just had the right computer.

Pros: This is an above average video card for gaming. It is very fast and can play HD videos smoothly. I ran Counter Strike 1.6 at 100 fps. Could have been more bt didn't really try to fix it. Overall this is good.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: My friend told me to buy it for my new emachines since I lagg in Counter Strike with my Nvidia Geforce 6150se. Would have been good but I have a pci-express slot instead of a PCI. So I tried it on my friend's computer and it was smooth and great really worth the money. But it's not for my friend's computer, it's for me. So I returned it 2 hours after I received shipping. Although it didn't work out for me, doesn't mean it will not work out for you. This is a really good video card for average gamers. Hopefully Newegg receives the package back with no problems and I get my refund right away so I can replace with a PCI Express.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/9/2010 2:46:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly as a physx card

Pros: Works perfectly as a physx card(UT3 physx pack, Mirrors edge), extremely powerful for a PCI card.... its the strongest by a wide wide margin. It can even handle Oblivion maxed out at 1280x1024 with HDR and 2xAA, on older oem machines without PCIe/AGP slots (Yes I tested). Faster and with higher IQ than a 7800GTX I owned long ago could.

Cons: As others pointed out, if you use ATI as you main card than forget about Physx without allot of tweaking. Nvidia blocks them out.

Still a PCI card, it can make an old agp/pcie'less dual AMD/Core 2 duo into stopgap gaming machines, but still not true gaming machines. Don't even dream of anything more demanding than Oblivion/TF2.

Other Thoughts: I received this card as a gift of fate, I adore it mainly as an oddity(a PCI card that can wallop X850XT/6800GT/7800GTX) as Physx didnt matter enough to me to warrant buying another card for it. If you want a dedicated physx card it will work and know what you need to have (namely nvidia primary). Go for it,

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2010 5:33:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsSparkle SP95GT512D2L 9500GT

Pros: NONE

Cons: Nvidia won't allow their cards to be Physx cards with ATI main GPUs.

Other Thoughts: The one reviewer gave this card poor marks as a Physx card. Well the reason why it is so poor is because he was running it with an ATI main GPU. Nvidia's drivers won't let someone use one of their cards as a Physx card with ATI cards. There are some 3rd party drivers out there that allow that, but nothing official. And those drivers are flakey. As always, do your homework before making a purchase.

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  • Mark C.
  • 1/6/2010 11:52:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it should, do.

Pros: It's a 9500GT, works well for what it's limitations are, and can do some mild folding.*

This pretty much the best PCI card there is as of the end of 2009; and it will do it's intended job, very well.

Cons: The PCI lane is a big slow down, only GDDR2, can't operrate outside of it's specs.

It's not going to be a pyhsics card, you need an 8800 or better on a PCI-E lane, to make a good difference. Plus physics cards aren't really worth it, but that's something for a forum.

Other Thoughts: I bouhgt this card for a family member's P4 system, so it could play some older games a bit better.
Rome: total war, now has a min:25FPS @ 1280X1024 on mid graphical setteings. Formerly, It used to run at a min:15FPS @ 1280x1024 on low settings, with the onbord intel chip.

If you want to play post 2006 games on mid settings, at 1280x1024 or higher res, don't bother with a PCI card. You're better off trying to save for a new system. If you look on PC forums, you cand find complete gaming PC build guides for a lot of budgets, $400 amd up depending of where you live. This can make some older games run better but PCI is too slow.

The only reason this won't do what you want is if you don't know computers or if you need to RMA it.

People, please read about computers before you buy. They aren't as hard to understand as most people think. It's only hard to keep up with the latest hardware but a lot of sites review cards, cpu, mobos, etc... now.

*F@H, look it up.

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  • Aaron C.
  • 7/15/2009 9:41:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHorrible as dedicated PhysX

Pros: Probably good for a PCI Video card. Didn't try it though.

Cons: This is a very special case. Was trying to use this as a dedicated PhysX processor next to my ATI graphics card, out of the 3 configurations I tried this was by far the worst at it outside of software PhysX.

Other Thoughts: In FluidMark for the card wielded a avg of 23FPS where a dedicated AGEIA PPU on PCI-E x1 gave 31FPS and a 8800GT on PCI-E x16 gave 65FPS. It was a little better then the CPU which ran at 14FPS.

As I said, this was a special case treating the card as a PhysX co-processor only. Moral of the story, if you need a PhysX coprocessor, stick with PCI-E

I'm going to return this card and try ordering a 9600GT PCI-E to replace it, that should have the performance needed.

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  • donald s.
  • 7/15/2009 11:27:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cannot say. have not installed.

Cons: have trouble installing. direction leave a lot to be desired.

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  • Rommel P.
  • 6/27/2009 1:25:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAt Least I can Drive a DVI Monitor...

Pros: It is a step up from the GMA 950 in the D945GCLF mini-ITX board. Can run older games slightly better at my screen's native resolution.

Cons: PCI bus hobbles the performance of the GPU, but that's a given factor. Extremely noisy cooling fan.

Other Thoughts: I think the GPU gets ahead of itself when it's connected to the PCI bus, since the effective bandwidth of the bus is about half of PCI-E x1.

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