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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has a core clock frequency of 1096 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory 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 960M 65 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 960M should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be a lot (about 30%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10240 (30%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M should be much (more or less 83%) better at AA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7936 (83%)

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 GT 1GB

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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 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G92a/b GM107
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 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 max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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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