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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB features a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 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 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960M should in theory 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 is much (more or less 30%) more effective at anisotropic 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is a better choice, by a large margin. (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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

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