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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 970M, which features core speeds of 924 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970M 75 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 970M will be 150% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M should be quite a bit (about 180%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47520 (180%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970M is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 37752 (572%)

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 GSO 1.5GB GeForce GTX 970M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 7 2014
Code Name G92 GM204
Memory 1536 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 924 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 73920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 44352 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1280
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 12 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GTX 970M

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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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