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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs Radeon R5 M255

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB has core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R5 M255, which comes with core clock speeds of 940 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon R5 M255 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon R5 M255 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (140%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB is much (approximately 40%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R5 M255. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R5 M255 18800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7600 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R5 M255 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon R5 M255 7520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 920 (14%)

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 768MB

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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 GSO 768MB Radeon R5 M255
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92 Jet Pro
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 940 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 18800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 7520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320
Texture Mapping Units 48 20
Render Output Units 12 8
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. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range 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 texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R5 M255

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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