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

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, which features core 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 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

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should theoretically perform a bit faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB overall. (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 should be a bit (about 18%) more effective 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

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is quite a bit (approximately 136%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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.

Price Comparison

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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.

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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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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