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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a speed of 500 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R5 M230, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 780 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is quite a bit (more or less 69%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R5 M230. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10800 (69%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be much (more or less 112%) better at AA than the Radeon R5 M230, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3480 (112%)

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 ASUS 512 Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 2014
Code Name G92 Jet Pro
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320
Texture Mapping Units 48 20
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon R5 M230

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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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