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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be a lot (approximately 77%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (77%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is much (approximately 136%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (136%)

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.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 November 2009
Code Name G94a/b GT215
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 96
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 505 million 289 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 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 max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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