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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 860M, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 797 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 860M should be 11% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M should be a lot (approximately 145%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45312 (145%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M is a lot (more or less 23%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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 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 GeForce GTX 860M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 90 watts 45 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 76512 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12752 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1152
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs 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 rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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