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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs Radeon R7 M260

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 M260, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 715 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon R7 M260 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon R7 M260 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (140%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB is quite a bit (approximately 54%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 M260. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260 17160 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9240 (54%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 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 768MB Radeon R7 M260
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92 Opal/Topaz
Memory 768 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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. 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 AA, HDR and high 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 texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling 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 the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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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