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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB comes with clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 970M, which has a GPU core clock speed of 924 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 Stream Processors, 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 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 970M should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is quite a bit (more or less 180%) better at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47520 (180%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M should be quite a bit (about 572%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 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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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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 768MB GeForce GTX 970M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 7 2014
Code Name G92 GM204
Memory 768 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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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