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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GTS 150

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 150, which comes with a core clock frequency of 740 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 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 768MB 84 Watts
GeForce GTS 150 141 Watts
Difference: 57 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 is much (approximately 79%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 150 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, 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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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high 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 number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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