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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 M260X, which comes with a core clock frequency of 825 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R7 M260X should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a small bit (about 5%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1000 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 58%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon R7 M260X, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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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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 1GB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 June 2014
Code Name G94a/b Opal
Memory 1024 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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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