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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB comes with a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 1030, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1265 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also 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 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (217%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB should theoretically be a small bit better than the GeForce GT 1030 overall. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be quite a bit (approximately 95%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19680 (95%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 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 1GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 May 2017
Code Name G94a/b GP108-300
Memory 1024 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 data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated 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 handling 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated 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 drawing the pixels (image) on 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 bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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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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