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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, which uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this card. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 127%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26432 (127%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be a small bit (about 14%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1408 (14%)

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 1GB

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GeForce GTS 250 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 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 3, 2009
Code Name G94a/b G92a/b
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 128
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 505 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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