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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which comes with GPU core speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 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 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 960M should in theory be a bit superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is quite a bit (more or less 41%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12640 (41%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is quite a bit (approximately 69%) better at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 90 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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