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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB comes with core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 1030, which features a core clock frequency of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
Difference: 54 Watts (180%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 1030 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 10752 (28%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be much (approximately 53%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14080 (53%)

Pixel Rate

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

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13640 (207%)

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 384MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2008 May 2017
Code Name G92 GP108-300
Memory 384 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 84 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 16 nm
Transistors 754 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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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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