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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 vs Radeon HD 5550

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5550, which comes with GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR2 RAM running at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should in theory be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 5550 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5550 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is a lot (about 200%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 5550. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (200%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (50%)

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 5550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2008 February 9, 2010
Code Name G92 Redwood LE
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz 800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 627 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

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Radeon HD 5550

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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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