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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 980M, which features core speeds of 1038 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 980M should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be a lot (more or less 277%) faster with regards to AF 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, by a large margin. (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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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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 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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