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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 860M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 797 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be a lot (more or less 268%) more effective at AF 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 860M is a better choice, by a large margin. (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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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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