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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

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

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which features a clock frequency of 914 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically be a bit superior to 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 quite a bit (more or less 38%) more effective at AF 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, by far. (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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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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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