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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon R7 250X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this card. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon R7 250X 95 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 250X will be 25% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X should be quite a bit (more or less 28%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8800 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (54%)

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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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 GSO 512MB Radeon R7 250X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 February 2014
Code Name G94a/b Cape Verde XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
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 1500 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 MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, especially 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 GSO 512MB

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Radeon R7 250X

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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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