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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this particular card. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M290X, in theory, should be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (167%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X should be much (approximately 227%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47200 (227%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16800 (162%)

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 M290X

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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 M290X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name G94a/b Neptune XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1280
Texture Mapping Units 32 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range 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 texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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