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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce 9800 GTX

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9800 GTX, which has core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX 140 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GTX, in theory, should perform much faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 70400 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX should be a lot (more or less 108%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 43200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (108%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX should be just a bit (approximately 4%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 10800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (4%)

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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GeForce 9800 GTX

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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 1GB GeForce 9800 GTX
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2008 April 2008
Code Name G94a/b G92
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 43200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 128
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 65 nm
Transistors 505 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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GeForce 9800 GTX

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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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