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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 M260, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 715 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs 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 have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be much (about 54%) more effective at 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 just a bit (about 15%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon R7 M260, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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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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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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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