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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB features a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 860M, which comes with a clock frequency of 797 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1152 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (111%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 860M should be 11% faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M should be much (approximately 268%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 55712 (268%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be quite a bit (more or less 23%) better at AA than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2352 (23%)

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 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 860M

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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 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 860M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G94a/b GM107
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 797 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 45 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 76512 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12752 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 1152
Texture Mapping Units 32 96
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 505 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 860M

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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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