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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon R9 M275X

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M275X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific 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

In theory, the Radeon R9 M275X will be 25% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X will be quite a bit (about 73%) more effective at anisotropic 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M275X is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This 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 graphics 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 amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant 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 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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