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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should in theory be a bit better than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is a little bit (about 10%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 512MB 6000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 600 (10%)

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 Radeon HD 4670 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Memory 1536 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
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 transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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Radeon HD 4670 512MB

Amazon.com

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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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