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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 comes with a clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R5 M230, which comes with a core clock frequency of 780 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be quite a bit (approximately 69%) better at 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a better choice, and very much so. (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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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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