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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 64 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R5 M230, which features core clock speeds of 780 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should theoretically be a lot faster than the Radeon R5 M230 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a lot (approximately 33%) better at AF than the Radeon R5 M230. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5200 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7280 (233%)

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 GT 1GB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 2014
Code Name G94a/b Jet Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 320
Texture Mapping Units 32 20
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 in one second. This figure 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 card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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