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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 M260X should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB should be a small bit (approximately 5%) faster with regards to 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a better choice, by far. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed 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 better the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many 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 GT 512MB

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Radeon R7 M260X

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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