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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB features core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 914 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 950M overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M will be quite a bit (approximately 38%) better at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10160 (38%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M is quite a bit (about 122%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, and capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8024 (122%)

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 384MB

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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 384MB GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 384 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 914 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 36560 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 14624 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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