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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4830 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4830 1GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 575 MHz. The GDDR4 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should be just a bit (approximately 13%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1200 (13%)

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 GT 1GB

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Radeon HD 4830 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4830 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name G94a/b RV770 LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 18400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 505 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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Radeon HD 4830 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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