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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260X, which has a core clock frequency of 825 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M260X will be 11% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a small bit (approximately 5%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1000 (5%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is superior to the Radeon R7 M260X, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3800 (58%)

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 GT 512MB

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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 GT 512MB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 June 2014
Code Name G94a/b Opal
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 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 data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon R7 M260X

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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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