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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M270X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M270X should perform much faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be a little bit (about 8%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M270X. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2200 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M270X is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 512MB

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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 R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 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) 90 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 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.

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