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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GTS 150

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 150, which features clock speeds of 740 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
GeForce GTS 150 141 Watts
Difference: 57 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should theoretically perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTS 150 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 150 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 is much (approximately 79%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 47360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20960 (79%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 will be quite a bit (approximately 79%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 11840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5240 (79%)

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 384MB

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GeForce GTS 150

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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 384MB GeForce GTS 150
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 10, 2009
Code Name G92 G92b
Memory 384 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 740 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 141 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 47360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 11840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 128
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTS 150

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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