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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which comes with clock speeds of 975 MHz on the GPU, and 1400 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 370 2G, in theory, should be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 140800 (367%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G is a lot (about 136%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36000 (136%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24600 (373%)

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 1.5GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 370 2G

Amazon.com

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 1.5GB Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 June 2015
Code Name G92 Trinidad
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1024
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 12 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 370 2G

Amazon.com

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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