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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB features core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 1030, which has GPU core speed of 1265 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

The GeForce GT 1030, in theory, should be 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 (about 53%) better 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, by a large margin. (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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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.

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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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