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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 970M, which features 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 SPUs, 80 TAUs, 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 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 970M should be 150% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is much (approximately 180%) faster with regards to 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 572%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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