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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB comes with core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 860M, which has a core clock frequency of 797 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 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 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 860M will be 11% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be much (about 145%) better at texture 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 (approximately 23%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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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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 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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