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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 965M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 965M, which comes with a core clock frequency 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 is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, 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

The GeForce GTX 965M should in theory be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 965M will be quite a bit (more or less 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 965M is a better choice, by far. (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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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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 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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