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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

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

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 980M, which comes with GPU core speed of 1038 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Difference: 16 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 980M is 233% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 89600 (233%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M is much (about 277%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 73248 (277%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M is quite a bit (more or less 907%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 59832 (907%)

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 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 October 7 2014
Code Name G92 GM204
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1536
Texture Mapping Units 48 96
Render Output Units 12 64
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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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