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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 features a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260, which comes with core clock speeds of 715 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be much (about 54%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R7 M260. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9240 (54%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a small bit (approximately 15%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 M260, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 5720 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 880 (15%)

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 ASUS 512

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92 Opal/Topaz
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 715 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 17160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 5720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon R7 M260

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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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