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ZOTAC ZT-96TES3L-FSL GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

  • 64 CUDA Cores
  • 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Mike S.
  • 2/24/2010 6:55:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Card, flawed reviews

Pros: Fastest performing card for low-profile systems. Installed in HP business slimline with Phenom x3 and it performs fantastic. Molex power connector a real plus for installing in slim line systems with limited power connectors. Great Card for the money

Cons: The fan is loud and it does run warm, but it makes total sense. If you look at the other 9600gt's on the market they have huge heatsinks on a full size card, being a low profile card they were going to run into some issues.

Other Thoughts: This is installed in Windows 7 ultimate x64 system in my entertainment center. My kids use this system with wireless Xbox360 controllers for games and have not problems playing for upto 3 hours at a time (lego indy, lego batman, NBA 2k10, Mini ninja's, and etc). When I read the other reviews on this card I was nervous about the purchase, but I must say I am COMPLETELY satisfied and surprised at its performace.

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  • Nate B.
  • 11/18/2009 10:04:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsCompact Power

Pros: Nice GPU, plenty of memory. Fits in small form factor cases.

Cons: Fan died inside two months. GPU TEMP SHOT UP TO 225C!! Submitting RMA on Zotac's site is a clunky proceedure.

Other Thoughts: I'll probably not purchase another ZOTAC again in the future.

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  • Jason P.
  • 9/26/2009 9:19:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood card, if you treat it well!

Pros: -Second most powerful card for slim case computers (First I know of is 9800Gt)
-Powerful enough to run the latest games at med/high settings
-Built very well. Nice solid look and feel
-Turned my typical $350 office PC into a decent gaming PC

Cons: There is the problem of the back heatsink plate interfering with a capacitor near the Pci-e slot, which seems to be common among OEM motherboards. Can easily be solved if you're willing to get your hands dirty.

Tendency for people to mistake this card for the fanless hd3450 it is probably replacing. This will result in lots of overheating/bsod's if cooling is not taken into consideration.

Other Thoughts: When I first got it I ran into a roadblock due to the back heat sink interfering with a capacitor on my motherboard. The back heat sink can easily be removed to make it fit without any noticeable change in cooling capacity. I was later able to modify the heat sink in the machine shop I work in.

The second problem I had was the card was running very hot, and the fan constantly at 100%. I realized it was not getting any airflow in my Acer x3810 slim case, and added a silent case fan blowing on to the card to get some air moving.

Now the card runs cool and nearly silent at idle. Fan ramps up for games but quickly cools off afterward.

I think many people fail to realize this is not a typical sff pc card. It's quite beefy and requires extra attention to cooling needs when going into a small case.

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  • Tanner P.
  • 9/12/2009 4:35:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOverheated :/

Pros: Great Performance + Comes with low profile bracket, and easy to install. Takes a molex (4-pin) not a 6pin connector, which is a plus for me. When it works, it works, it works perfectly, and has VGA, DVI, and HDMI. The Nvidia software let me set a custom resolution for my older LCD TV, which is awesome.

Cons: This card runs hot - that heat sink isn't there just for show, THIS THING IS A MONSTER. I'm not sure if there was something wrong with the card, but the fan (which is admittedly loud, but not terrible) runs fast and this thing still averages 60 degrees C under moderate load (a couple applications/web browser/youtube, etc.) not even gaming. That's a serious problem when a dual core processor is running at 35 C (even in a Slim mATX case - the Antec Minuet 350) with only one case fan.

Other Thoughts: It overheated, and messed up the computer - I had to reset the BIOS to get it up and running again. I'm going to try and reinstall to see if it will still work, and maybe try to underclock (gasp) if that will make it run cooler.

There was no problem with airflow - the card has a vent right next to it & no wires in the way, this thing is just HOT HOT HOT.

If it doesn't work/underclocking doesn't help I'll have to RMA.

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  • Andy H.
  • 8/28/2009 9:13:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Good Specs, Price

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: I have installed the card, hooked power to it, and everything appeared fine.

Shortly after the video cut out. Rebooted and video was back, but then went out again shortly thereafter. Opened the case and the card's fan was twitching back and forth (not spinning) and the card itself was so hot it burned my hand.

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  • David R.
  • 8/26/2009 10:09:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFast for a Low Profile Card

Pros: This is the second low-profile card I have purchased in an attempt to fit a good card into an older 280GX Small Form Factor case. (The other being the Sparkle 9600GT). The Zotac card is the smaller of the two with overall dimensions of 2.712x6.975". Importantly, this card is a 256 bit card, providing fantastic memory bandwidth of ~58 Gb/Sec. As shown in the photo, the card has a substantial heat-sink and the operating temp stays ~60 deg. C. The card runs well under Linux or Windows and performs just as well as its full-sized counterparts. (It is as fast as any 9600GT I have run)

Cons: As with all other low profile cards, the Zotac 9600GT uses a high-flow fan which translates into louder fan noise. This is expected in any compact heat-sink design. (more air flow over a smaller given area = more noise) I hate fan noise, but for performance in a low profile (small form factor) card, I understand it and accept it as a consequence of the reduced exposed cooling area available for thermal transfer. The only reason I gave this card a 4 or 5 instead of a 5 of 5 is that fan selection and heat-sink surface design could reduce the fan noise further, but this card performs just as well as other low profile cards from a noise stand point.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that if you are measuring the length (front-to-back space) you have to work with to fit this card, it has a power coupling that will cause the power cable to extend rearward at least another 1/2 beyond the back of the card when the cable is plugged in. As others have mentioned, a right-angle power connector can help reduce the extent, but allow for at least an additional 1/2 when considering space requirements.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/12/2009 6:52:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat can I say?

Pros: Lifetime warranty, low profile, has all the connectors any card would need. Runs games great, and stays relatively cool (60C under load after running a couple of 3Dmarks06 runs, if I recall correctly).

Also comes with a low profile bracket set which is nice because I've seen cards that are low-profile "ready" yet are missing these items in the box.

Cons: The fan is loud. This should probably not go into an HTPC. Like the poster below me said it does have a heatsink on the rear of the card so it might interfere with your motherboard's northbridge heatsink. However, I did not encounter this issue or the ones stated by the poster below. (see specs).

Other Thoughts: All in all I would buy this again.

Specs:
AMD 5050e
Asrock 760g
IN WIN BL631.300TBL
Seasonic 300W TFX

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  • william r.
  • 6/29/2009 5:12:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFlawed Design

Pros: Fast for a low profile card
Decent running temp.
ATX Molex power connection (Standerd Power connector for hard drives, Optical drives, etc)
Plays games decently
Highly Functional

Cons: Flawed design! This card fits only into a few PCI-x16 slots because of its rear heat sync. The rear heatsync sits very low to the slot and motherboard surface. If you are taking what I though about it fitting into other zotac motherboards think again! See other thoughts for non-compatible motherbaord, that I have found. I hate to bash Zotac, but DO NOT BUY. I hae RMAed my card and would not-ecommend this card to anyone. If you are looking for a decent small itx machine like I was, try the Zotac ION chipset with a dual core HT atom.

Other Thoughts: Evga/XFX 780i = Small Cap gets in the way of the 1st slot
Zotac 730i - 9300m Mini-itx = You must remove bios battery to fit that card. Also blocks more SATA connectors. (Quick fix is a right angle cable)
Asus p5b-VM = Cap and a heatsync mount gets in the way

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