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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960M, which features GPU core speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960M, in theory, should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is much (approximately 111%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23040 (111%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M should be quite a bit (about 69%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7136 (69%)

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 9600 GT 512MB

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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 9600 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G94a/b GM107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many 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 9600 GT 512MB

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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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