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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 860M, which features GPU core speed of 797 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up 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 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (111%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 860M will be 11% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be quite a bit (approximately 268%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 55712 (268%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be quite a bit (more or less 23%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 860M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G94a/b GM107
Memory 1024 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 moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be applied per second. This is worked out 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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