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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 will be 25% faster than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (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 is quite a bit (more or less 450%) more effective at 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 will be much (more or less 175%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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.

Price Comparison

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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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