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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 1030, which features clock speeds of 1265 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce GT 1030 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be a lot (more or less 30%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9280 (30%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be much (approximately 95%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 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 GSO 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 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) 90 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 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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