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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which has core speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 470 4GB should be a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 172800 (450%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 4GB should be a lot (about 349%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 92128 (349%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 470 4GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23032 (349%)

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

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Radeon RX 470 4GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB Radeon RX 470 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2008 August 2016
Code Name G92 Polaris 10
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 2048
Texture Mapping Units 48 128
Render Output Units 12 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 754 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Radeon RX 470 4GB

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