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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 4850 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, which has GPU core speed of 625 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR4 RAM set to run at 993 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (22%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 2GB will be 10% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 5952 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is much (about 25%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6200 (25%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is the winner, but only just. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 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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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 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G94a/b RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 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 GDDR4
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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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