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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB comes with a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 1030, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (217%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is 17% faster than the GeForce GT 1030 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is a lot (about 95%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19680 (95%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9840 (95%)

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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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 May 2017
Code Name G94a/b GP108-300
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 16 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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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GeForce GT 1030

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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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