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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTS 150

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 150, which comes with a clock speed of 740 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
GeForce GTS 150 141 Watts
Difference: 57 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 150 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 150 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 should be a lot (more or less 79%) better at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 47360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20960 (79%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 is a lot (more or less 79%) better at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 11840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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 1.5GB

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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 1.5GB GeForce GTS 150
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 10, 2009
Code Name G92 G92b
Memory 1536 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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 1.5GB

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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