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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has 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 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 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 960M is 11% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be a lot (approximately 111%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23040 (111%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M should be much (approximately 69%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 12 2015
Code Name G94a/b GM107
Memory 1024 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 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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