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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should be 33% quicker than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (33%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is quite a bit (more or less 69%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10800 (69%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is a lot (more or less 27%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1400 (27%)

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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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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 1.5GB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 February 2011
Code Name G92 Turks
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 480
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 715 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of 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 speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

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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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