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

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this card. It features 160 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator 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) overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (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 is much (about 428%) faster with regards to 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is the winner, by a large margin. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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