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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R9 M275X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB comes with a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M275X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M275X 50 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (90%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M275X should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X is a lot (more or less 73%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 36000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15200 (73%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X is much (more or less 38%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (38%)

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 M275X

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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 M275X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G94a/b Venus XTX
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 14400 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially 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

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M275X

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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