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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7770 should be 25% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be much (about 28%) better at AF 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

The Radeon HD 7770 should be much (approximately 54%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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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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.

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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 number of 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 clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Amazon.com

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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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