Asus Bravo 9500 review

A mysterious device confuses our graphics card experts

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Our Verdict

A fairly good product with the media PC builder in mind but it wont play the latest and greatest games

For

  • 512MB graphics memory
  • GeForce 9500GT processor
  • PCI-Express interface
  • DVI, HDMI and VGA connections, USB light sensor

Against

  • Media centre software

Nvidia's 9500 chip in the Bravo is certainly not bad for the home cinema enthusiast. You won't be playing high-end games on it (although it will handle them), but it plays video very well and includes HDMI and DVI-out for connections to a digital television.

The light sensor is good, but not great – you can't beat a properly-calibrated monitor. The remote serves its purpose, but more specialised media centre remotes are far better at the job.

Asus has included some software, which needs to be installed to access the Splendid light calibration function.

The media centre software is appalling – Windows Media Center performs a lot better. If you're building a budget media centre PC from scratch, we would recommend the Bravo.

If you've already got a set-up, the only thing to really recommend is the Splendid light sensor, which we're sure we'll be seeing included with upcoming Asus graphics cards anyway.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset Model9500 GT
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset Series9
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory512 MB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width128 bit
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Number of VGA Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed800 MHz
Product Model9500/DI/512MD2
Product NameGeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberBRAVO 9500/DI/512MD2
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

With the demand of current applications and software, the addition of a graphics card can help improve the computing process and application time.

API SupportedDirectX 10.0, OpenGL 2.1