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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 5670

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5670, which has core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 400(80x5) SPUs as well as 20 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5670 61 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (48%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 5670 should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5670 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be much (about 101%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 15500 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15700 (101%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is superior to the Radeon HD 5670, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 6200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4200 (68%)

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 GSO 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB Radeon HD 5670
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 January 14, 2010
Code Name G94a/b Redwood XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 61 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 15500 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 6200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 400(80x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 20
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 627 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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Radeon HD 5670

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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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