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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 features a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and 256 MB of DDR3 memory running at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 256MB 25 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 59 Watts (236%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be 25% quicker than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4550 256MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be quite a bit (approximately 450%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 256MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21600 (450%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is quite a bit (about 175%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 256MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4200 (175%)

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.

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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 ASUS 512 Radeon HD 4550 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name G92 RV710
Memory 512 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 8
Render Output Units 12 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 242 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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