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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB vs GeForce GTX 850M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB comes with a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 850M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 876 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 850M 40 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 84 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB is 20% faster than the GeForce GTX 850M overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 850M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 850M is quite a bit (more or less 33%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 850M 35040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8640 (33%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 850M should be a lot (approximately 112%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 850M 14016 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB GeForce GTX 850M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 768 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 MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

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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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