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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB features a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 M260X, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 825 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 M260X should in theory be much better than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB will be quite a bit (approximately 33%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6600 (33%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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 GSO 768MB Radeon R7 M260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 June 2014
Code Name G92 Opal
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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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