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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which features a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M290X should be quite a bit 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 will be a lot (about 227%) better 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M290X is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Display Prices

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M290X

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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