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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 M260, which features core speeds of 715 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon R7 M260 in general. (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 much (about 54%) more effective at anisotropic 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 should be just a bit (about 15%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 M260, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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.

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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably 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 1.5GB

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Radeon R7 M260

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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