Zotac 9500GT 512MB
The Zotac is completely passive which is ideal for anyone after ultimate silence. The PCB is blue whilst a huge silver heatsink occupies most of the card.
The heatsink is made of many aluminium fins standing upright. On one horizontal fin, the Zotac text can be seen.
These fins work their way to the other-side of the card, where they eventually stop near to the top.
Edging to the rear of the 9500GT, it’s nothing special, just the usual holes which can be used to fit an aftermarket GPU cooler.
All the capacitors dotted about the card are of the fully shielded solid type. As well as these, the chokes are of the ferrite variety. Using these will mean greater performance and reliability as they tend to last much longer and don’t start spewing out hot acid when reaching high temperatures.
Just above a small collection of capacitors and a single choke – near the DVI end – are the SLI contacts, which are used to connect up to two graphics cards in a SLI configuration.
Also on the card are four random pins located near the PCI Express contacts. This 4-pin header is to be connected to the audio header on your motherboard and aid in outputting sound through the HDMI socket (on the adapter).
The back of the Zotac 9500GT has orangey-yellow dual DVI slots and an S-Video socket. These sockets and back-plate use a similar colour scheme to the packaging.