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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 3850 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB features a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 64 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3850 512MB, which comes with core speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 75 Watts
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB will be 9% faster than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 512MB should be quite a bit (more or less 95%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10112 (95%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3850 512MB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 288 (3%)

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 512MB

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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 GT 512MB Radeon HD 3850 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 Nov 19, 2007
Code Name G94a/b RV670 PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 668 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1656 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 52992 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 10688 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10688 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 505 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 3850 512MB

Amazon.com

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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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