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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 960M, which features a core clock speed of 1096 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It 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 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960M, in theory, should be a little bit faster than 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 will be a lot (approximately 41%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is the winner, by a large margin. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card could 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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