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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 965M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 965M, which has clock speeds of 944 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs 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 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 965M should theoretically be a bit superior to 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 will be quite a bit (approximately 94%) better at AF 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

The GeForce GTX 965M will be quite a bit (about 190%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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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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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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