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GeForce 9800 GTX vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this specific card. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1096 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX 140 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (115%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 9800 GTX should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960M overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 70400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be a bit (more or less 1%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9800 GTX. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX 43200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 640 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX 10800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6736 (62%)

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 9800 GTX GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43200 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10800 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 applied in one second.

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

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GeForce 9800 GTX

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GeForce GTX 960M

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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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