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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 965M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 965M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 944 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 965M 60 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 965M should be 11% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 965M should be much (about 190%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 60416 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39616 (190%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 965M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 30208 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19808 (190%)

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 512MB

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GeForce GTX 965M

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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 512MB GeForce GTX 965M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 January 5 2015
Code Name G94a/b GM204
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 944 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 60416 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 30208 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1024
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 32
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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 965M

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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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