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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 965M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 965M, which comes with a clock speed of 944 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 965M 60 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 965M should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 965M is much (more or less 94%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 60416 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29216 (94%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 965M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 30208 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce GTX 965M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 90 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 60416 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 30208 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1024
Texture Mapping Units 48 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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