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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB features a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which features a clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M270X should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X is a lot (about 39%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8200 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X is a bit (more or less 12%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1200 (12%)

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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Radeon R9 M270X

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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 R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G94a/b Venus XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
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 x16
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 MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of 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 colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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