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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 80(16x5) SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be quite a bit (more or less 450%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is superior to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 Radeon HD 4550 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name G92 RV710
Memory 512 MB 512 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 GDDR3
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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 4550 512MB

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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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