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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R5 M230, which has a clock frequency of 780 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is 140% faster than the Radeon R5 M230 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (140%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB will be quite a bit (approximately 69%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R5 M230. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10800 (69%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is superior to the Radeon R5 M230, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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 1.5GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 2014
Code Name G92 Jet Pro
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 38400 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 GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 192-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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated 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 card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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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