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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

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 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 RAM set to run at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Difference: 14 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should theoretically perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB will be just a bit (more or less 10%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (10%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB should be a little bit (more or less 10%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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 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 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G92 RV730 XT
Memory 1536 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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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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