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

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised 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 is 6% faster 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 will be just a bit (approximately 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a better choice, 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.

Price Comparison

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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