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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5770, which features a clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5770 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (33%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5770 should be much (more or less 63%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13200 (63%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (31%)

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 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

Amazon.com

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 GT 1GB Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 October 13, 2009
Code Name G94a/b Juniper XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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