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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R5 M255

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R5 M255, which features a core clock frequency of 940 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 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should perform 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 will be a little bit (more or less 11%) more effective at texture 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 a lot (approximately 38%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon R5 M255, and will be capable of handling 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can 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 colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to 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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