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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1096 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 960M should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (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 (about 111%) faster with regards to AF 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, by far. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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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