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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 970 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1425 MHz on this particular model. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 380 4G is 217% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 124800 (217%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 4G should be a lot (more or less 422%) better at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 87840 (422%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380 4G is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 31040 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20640 (198%)

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 GT 1GB

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Radeon R9 380 4G

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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 GT 1GB Radeon R9 380 4G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 June 2015
Code Name G94a/b Antigua PRO
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1792
Texture Mapping Units 32 112
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 million 5000 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 380 4G

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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