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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs Radeon HD 4730

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4730, which comes with core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Radeon HD 4730 140 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is a lot (about 39%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4730. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4730 22400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8800 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be much (approximately 86%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4730, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4730 5600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (86%)

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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Radeon HD 4730

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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 Radeon HD 4730
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2008 Jun 8, 2009
Code Name G94a/b RV770/CE
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 22400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 5600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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Radeon HD 4730

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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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