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GeForce 9800 GTX vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX comes with clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has core clock speeds of 1096 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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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 be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960M in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M should be just a bit (approximately 1%) more effective at 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is a better choice, 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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GeForce 9800 GTX

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GeForce GTX 960M

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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 largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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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