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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M260, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 715 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically be much better than the Radeon R7 M260 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (140%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is quite a bit (more or less 54%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9240 (54%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is a bit (approximately 15%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 M260, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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 1.5GB

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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 1.5GB Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92 Opal/Topaz
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 715 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 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 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 maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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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