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GeForce 830M vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 830M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1029 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 256 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which comes with GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR2 RAM set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 830M 25 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 59 Watts (236%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should in theory be just a bit better than the GeForce 830M overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 830M 14400 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be quite a bit (more or less 60%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 830M. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 830M 16464 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9936 (60%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 830M is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 830M 8232 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1632 (25%)

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 830M

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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 830M GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2014 September 2008
Code Name GM108 G92
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 1029 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 25 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 14400 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 16464 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8232 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 256 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 12
Bus Type DDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 65 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 754 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB 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 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 830M

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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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