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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260X, which comes with a core clock speed of 825 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 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 is 67% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB should be a lot (more or less 33%) faster with regards to 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 rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be able to handle 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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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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 - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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