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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4730

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB features a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4730, which comes with GPU core speed of 700 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 4730 140 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4730 should be a bit (approximately 8%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4730 22400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1600 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4730, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 GT 1GB

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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 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4730
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 Jun 8, 2009
Code Name G94a/b RV770/CE
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 22400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 5600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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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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