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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 970M, which comes with a core clock speed of 924 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 970M should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (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 a lot (more or less 180%) more effective at texture 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, 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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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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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