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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs GeForce GTX 870M

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 870M, which comes with a core clock speed of 941 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 870M should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be quite a bit (more or less 299%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 78992 (299%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 870M is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15984 (242%)

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 1.5GB

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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 1.5GB GeForce GTX 870M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G92 GK104
Memory 1536 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 941 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 105392 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 22584 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1344
Texture Mapping Units 48 112
Render Output Units 12 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 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 information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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GeForce GTX 870M

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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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