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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a frequency of 500 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which comes with a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should in theory be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB overall. (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 is much (more or less 450%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is superior to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 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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