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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R5 M255

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R5 M255, which features GPU core speed of 940 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 320 SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon R5 M255 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon R5 M255 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be just a bit (more or less 11%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R5 M255. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M255 18800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2000 (11%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (approximately 38%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R5 M255, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M255 7520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2880 (38%)

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 M255

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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 M255
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 June 2014
Code Name G94a/b Jet Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 940 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 18800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 7520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 320
Texture Mapping Units 32 20
Render Output Units 16 8
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 megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per 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 better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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Radeon R5 M255

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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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