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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1050

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 1050, which features GPU clock speed of 1354 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 75 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 is 99% faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 57088 (99%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 will be quite a bit (about 74%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22960 (74%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 32928 (317%)

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 512MB GeForce GTX 1050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2008 October 2016
Code Name G94a/b GP107-300
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1354 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 54160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 43328 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 505 million 3300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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