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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R5 M255

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R5 M255, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 940 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should theoretically be much 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 is just a bit (about 11%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R5 M255. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably 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 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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