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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon R9 M370X

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M370X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this particular card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M370X will be 25% quicker than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M370X should be just a bit (approximately 3%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 32000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 800 (3%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M370X is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB Radeon R9 M370X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 2015
Code Name G94a/b Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 32000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
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 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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Radeon R9 M370X

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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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