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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this particular card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7770 should perform much faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (350%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be a lot (more or less 52%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (52%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9400 (142%)

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 ASUS 512

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 February 2012
Code Name G92 Cape Verde XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant 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 reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 7770

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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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