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

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a frequency of 500 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which features a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is 25% faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) in general, due to its higher data rate. (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 a lot (approximately 428%) more effective at anisotropic 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is the winner, 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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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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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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