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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which comes with a clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 31 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (171%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should theoretically perform much faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be much (more or less 428%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 5000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21400 (428%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 2500 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4100 (164%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 February 2011
Code Name G92 Caicos
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 160
Texture Mapping Units 48 8
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 370 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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