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GeForce 940M vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 940M comes with a GPU clock speed of 1072 MHz, and the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory works at a speed of 500 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be a little bit (approximately 3%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 940M. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 940M 25728 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 672 (3%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 940M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 940M 8576 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1976 (30%)

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 940M

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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 940M GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2015 September 2008
Code Name GM108 G92
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 1072 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25728 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8576 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 96
Texture Mapping Units 24 48
Render Output Units 8 12
Bus Type DDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 65 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 754 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 940M

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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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