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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 M260X, which has core speeds of 825 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 M260X should be a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should be a lot (more or less 58%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11400 (58%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 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) 90 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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