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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 993 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (22%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB should theoretically be a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 5952 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a lot (more or less 25%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6200 (25%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a small bit (approximately 4%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (4%)

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 GSO 512MB

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Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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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 GSO 512MB Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G94a/b RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 505 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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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