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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GTS 150

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB comes with core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 150, which comes with GPU clock speed of 740 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
GeForce GTS 150 141 Watts
Difference: 57 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should in theory be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTS 150 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 150 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 is quite a bit (more or less 79%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 47360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20960 (79%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 150 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 11840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 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 768MB

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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 768MB GeForce GTS 150
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 10, 2009
Code Name G92 G92b
Memory 768 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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record 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 core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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