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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 260X should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 46400 (81%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be quite a bit (about 196%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40800 (196%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be much (approximately 69%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7200 (69%)

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 512MB

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Radeon R7 260X

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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 512MB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 October 2013
Code Name G94a/b Bonaire XTX
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 896
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one 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 sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 260X

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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