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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GTS 150

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB makes use of 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 specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTS 150, which features a clock speed of 740 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should be just a 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 will be a lot (approximately 79%) better at anisotropic 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 (more or less 79%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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

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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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