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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which comes with GPU core speed of 914 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 950M overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M is a lot (approximately 38%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10160 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950M is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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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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 1.5GB GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 1536 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 (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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.

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