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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 has a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which comes with clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be much faster than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB in general. (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 much (about 450%) better at texture 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 quite a bit (about 175%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, and should be able to handle higher screen 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.

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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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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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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