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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 1030, which comes with core clock speeds of 1265 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 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 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB should theoretically perform a little bit faster 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 quite a bit (about 30%) better at 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 a lot (more or less 95%) better at AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, and should be capable of handling 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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