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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, which comes with a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB will be 6% quicker than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a little bit (about 18%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 GT 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 GT 1GB GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 November 2009
Code Name G94a/b GT215
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 96
Texture Mapping Units 32 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 largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes 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, most notably 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 GT 1GB

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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.

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