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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 64 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which has a clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M270X should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X should be much (approximately 39%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8200 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X should be a small bit (approximately 12%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB

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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 1GB Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G94a/b Venus XT
Memory 1024 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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