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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses 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 all that to the Radeon R9 M290X, which has GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 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

In theory, the Radeon R9 M290X should perform 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 quite a bit (more or less 227%) better at AF 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 the winner, by far. (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 largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory 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 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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