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SPARKLE SP95GT1024D2LHP GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-Bit DDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

  • 32 CUDA Cores
  • 1GB 128-Bit DDR2
  • PCI
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Cory B.
  • 2/4/2011 12:49:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks nicely

Pros: -Dual monitors work perfectly
-Helped a little with my gaming performance
-Enabled me to use Aero on Windows 7
-It just works...

Cons: -I can't seem to get the s-video port to work with my TV

Other Thoughts: Windows Experience Index:
Graphics - From 1.9/7 to 4.8/7
Gaming Graphics - From 1.0/7 to 5.2/7

My performance numbers may be limited by my CPU a bit, I'm not 100% sure.


Overall, I think it's a great product but a little bit overpriced because it can't perform at it's max due to it being a PCI card.

(Note: It was a huge pain to upgrade my bios to get this card to work for a few reasons, but after that the installation was quick and simple)

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  • Matthew H.
  • 1/26/2011 7:30:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsJust ordered 2 more

Pros: I installed the first one on an old P3TDE6-G mainboard, that I've recently upgraded and built as a Media Server, and it's definitely one of the best investments I've made yet. I run 1920x1080 resolution on a 28" monitor, and the picture quality is absolutely perfect.

I just bought 2 more, for a couple of other older PCs I'm upgrading to the max.

Cons: None, as of yet.

Other Thoughts: I haven't connected it to my 42" HDTV yet, but that will be the next step, after creating my RAID. I don't suspect there will be any issues with quality there either, but will update if there are.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/8/2011 10:33:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI wish I had this 10 years ago!

Pros: I've got this card running in a ten year old socket 370 system:
OS: Fedora 14 Laughlin
CPU: Pentium III Tualatin 1.4GHz
RAM: 1GB pc133 @ 100Mhz
Screen Resolution: 1680x1050

I'm very impressed. Huge upgrade over the 6200 PCI I had been using. Really Slick Screensavers run a lot smoother and I went from 17-20 frames to 50-70 frames in Cube 2: Sauerbraten. I even played a few levels of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, with SSAO medium 16 and max settings for everything else! Completely playable!

Like I said in the title, I would have killed for this thing 10 years ago. For all the history of graphic cards the PCI bus has seen in its day, I can't believe there's still worthwhile upgrades like this. Stream Processors on a PCI bus, it's incredible. Not to mention, 1GB of vram!?

Cons: The reviews have me worried a bit about the fan failing. Mine is still going strong, but if anyone has luck with a good replacement fan please list what you're using in your review.

The other thing is you will need a CPU with at least the SSE instruction. I tried this card in an old socket 7 board with a AMD K6 III + 550Mhz just for kicks. And like the 6200 I also had in it, any Direct3D Accelerated apps will cause a blue screen. To get around this simply disable it in Dxdiag. You won't be able to play certain games but you will be able to kick out a decent screen resolution with digital vibrance. However it does show this 9500 will work in some really old systems.

When I put this card in my main rig which uses Windows 7 64bit I had a lot of blue screen crashes AFTER installing the drivers found on Nvidia's site. Maybe the drivers included on the CD are better but I never got around to trying them. Just a heads up.

Other Thoughts: I'm not using this thing for any major video playback but I'll try my best here. Videos will chew up CPU cycles unless the player is told or built otherwise. So you're going to want ffdshow with Media Player Classic Home Cinema or something similar to even take advantage of the GPU. Which speaking of, Adobe Flash is just starting to do this. I didn't have any personal luck with Flash having any smother playback but everything else seemed to play alright for me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2011 1:05:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent card for older pc

Pros: Got it for a friend, too play wow. it plays medium settings at 1200x1000 res. 20-30fps, its decent for low end computers looking for a little more bang.

Cons: Its very over priced, and the bracket it came with was bent.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/26/2010 6:44:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Capable of running most new games on low to medium settings. Decent price. Great entry-level product.

Cons: Depending on your system, you may have trouble running newer games on your preferred settings. This isn't a big problem, but it's not the best out of today's for its price.

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  • QINGYU K.
  • 10/28/2010 11:18:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsThe GPU cooler doesnt work very well

Pros: I bought the card in 2009, and it works very well until now(except I changed the GPU fan). It can run most of PC games(2010) with high set(without high AA). Good price in 2009.

Cons: the GPU cooler died after 10 month, so I changed a new fan. And then it works well. The price should be lower than GT430 I think, but it still is $89.

Other Thoughts: 9500GT is a good card, but now this DX11's time. If the card can't get a cheaper price, I don't think it will be sold well.

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  • Gordon C.
  • 8/22/2010 11:18:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Aquisition

Pros: Picked 2 of these up for some low end Dell systems a customer had that had been upgraded to Win 7. Very easy install. Win 7 performance test before with on board video was getting a 1 after install a 4.5 out of 7.9!

Cons: CD that comes with the product didn't have Win 7 drivers but an hour later drivers loaded with no hassle. So if you order this go ahead and get the drivers before product arrives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/8/2010 11:14:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssparkle pci

Pros: Modern chipset on pci card. Easy to install in W7. Drivers on cd for xp, vista, w7. Nvidia control panel fully functional.

Cons: Installed this with new 23" LCD display with resolution of 1920x1080. The refresh or redraw of the screen is a bit slow and wobbly. It could be the number of pixels it has to work with at full color depth. I have not tried it out on a CRT 1040x768.

Other Thoughts: Those ATI's are tempting but you can trust the drivers will never be updated beyond what ships on the cd. It's always been that way. This investment will pay out years to come. I knocked off one dot for the sluggish redraw of the LCD screen, it's just a big screen and not the card, but I was expecting more as advertised.

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  • John D.
  • 10/29/2009 10:23:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth the money

Pros: Not DoA. Looks pretty nice.

Cons: Low frames even on older fps games at all low settings. Got an old PCI Nvidia 5200 that runs better than this. $100.00 dollars wasted, should have spent a little more and gone with an AGP and different manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: PCI interface isnt the greatest. But the pc I'm running on is PCI only. Working on a new build, but thought i would try to give this one a little jump while waiting for parts/money.
5200 I was running kicked out 70 frames in SoF2, this 9500 struggles to hit 40. 50 if I'm lucky. If you're looking for a frame boost in games, look elsewhere. First sparkle product I've ever purchased, needless to say, it will be my last.

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  • Mike S.
  • 9/21/2009 12:17:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs advertised

Pros: Works great, no problems, good performance under Vista Aero, used as a secondary card in a Dell Optiplex 760, primary card is PCI x16 8600GT, this provides a total of three monitors to one of our users (could be four monitors but not enough room on her desk, LOL).

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: PCI standard is old, but glad to still see decent-spec cards released for it, even if they are high-priced.

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