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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon R5 M230

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 comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically perform much faster than the Radeon R5 M230 overall. (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 much (more or less 69%) more effective 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is the winner, and very much so. (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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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 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 largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R5 M230

Amazon.com

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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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