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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB has a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which has a clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 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 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB should in theory be a little bit superior to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB will be a little bit (more or less 10%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 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 384MB

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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 384MB Radeon HD 4670 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Memory 384 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 35200 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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Radeon HD 4670 1GB

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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