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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 850M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB features core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 850M, which comes with clock speeds of 876 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 850M 40 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 850M overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 850M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 850M is quite a bit (approximately 33%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 850M 35040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8640 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 850M is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 850M 14016 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7416 (112%)

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 1.5GB

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GeForce GTX 850M

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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 1.5GB GeForce GTX 850M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 876 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 40 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 35040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 14016 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GTX 850M

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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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