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GeForce 830M vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 830M has core speeds of 1029 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 256 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which has a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be a bit faster than the GeForce 830M in general. (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 is much (about 60%) better at texture filtering 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 830M is a better choice, by far. (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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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.

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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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