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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this specific 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 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7770, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is a lot (more or less 28%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8800 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (54%)

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 512MB

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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 512MB Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 February 2012
Code Name G94a/b Cape Verde XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out 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 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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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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