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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 965M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 965M, which comes with a core clock speed of 944 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 965M 60 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 965M should be a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 965M should be quite a bit (approximately 190%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 60416 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39616 (190%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 965M is much (about 190%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 30208 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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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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 965M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 January 5 2015
Code Name G94a/b GM204
Memory 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially 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 GT 1GB

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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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